“The biggest and best to date” – just some of the positive feedback from FORS members on the third FORS Members’ Conference. Under the title ’10 years of evolving best practice’, the event also coincided with the 10th anniversary of FORS.
Staged once again at the National Conference Centre, the FORS Members’ Conference attracted over 450 delegates who gathered for a full day of presentations, networking and debate, with a retrospective of how the scheme has evolved over the last decade.
The annual conference demonstrated clearly to all how FORS remains at the forefront of industry best practice. The event also provided FORS with a platform to introduce the revised FORS Standard – version 5 – launched at the conference and which will be implemented from 14 January 2019.
Speakers on the day included Alina Tuerk, Transport for London, who discussed the Direct Vision Standard – a pressing concern to many FORS members – alongside a thought-provoking presentation from Andrew Drewary, CILT (The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport), on driver health and safety. He addressed the awkward questions operators must ask to ensure their drivers are fit to drive, while promoting a positive work culture. Other key industry experts included Emma Jennings from the CILT and representatives from CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety), the Environment Agency and Tarmac, plus an insight into government from Robert Flello, Founder of the Parliamentary Freight Transport Group.
FORS representatives also talked through the FORS Standard version 5 and its updated requirements. Delegates took the opportunity to talk to FORS and LoCITY representatives at a number of FORS ‘surgeries’ held throughout the day to enable delegates to ask questions specific to their operation. A dedicated exhibition hall hosted by 35 FORS Associates and three Affinity Partners allowed delegates to see products and services designed to help them meet the requirements of the FORS Standard, with co-headline sponsors, FORS Associates VisionTrack and Camatics, taking centre stage.
The FORS Special Achievement award was presented to Garry Lewis, Transport Standards Manager at Tarmac, recognising his work in improving driving standards within Tarmac’s supply chain. Garry commented, “Road safety is such an important issue, not only for us in the industry but for all road users. My work with FORS since its inception has always been motivated by improving safety for everyone who uses our roads, so I am thrilled to receive this award from FORS.”
John Hix, FORS Director said, “As the new FORS Standard comes into effect on 14 January 2019, the FORS Members’ Conference served as an ideal introduction to the changes it brings, especially in relation to the inclusion of a wider range of vehicles. FORS members came in their droves from across the UK to attend the conference and we are incredibly grateful for their support.”