VJ Technology UK – How FORS helps us

We first became aware of FORS supplying for London 2012 and Crossrail projects and were introduced to the scheme through our close working relationship with several main contractors.

As a company we always have compliance, safety and the environment high on our agenda and the bronze accreditation and subsequent silver was awarded to us first time. FORS provided invaluable training, tools and constant advice to assist in improving our systems and policies. FORS has helped us to understand and analyse our data in a professional way

All our drivers have completed the FORS e-learning modules, which has led to reductions in speeding, over revving and harsh breaking generating notable savings in fuel usage and vehicle maintenance. We have recently made the most of the free FORS Practitioner and Road Risk Champion courses.

We use an in-house system to closely monitor idling time; by showing this information to our drivers they have been able to understand the impact idling time has on the environment, and subsequent fuel wastage. We also ran a driver campaign using information gained from http://www.llecp.org.uk/ which included an email bulletin, a notice board poster and appendix to our driver hand books.

This information has encouraged them to reduce idling time by 29.3% in the last 12 months. We aim for a zero tolerance on unnecessary idling.

We are now able to plan our driver’s routes using an in house system to reduce unnecessary road miles between deliveries which has relieved the driver of time pressures and stress resulting in less speeding offences and accidents in the last 12 months.

In 2017 our fleet size increased and our driven miles went up as we covered a wider area, using  telematics, analysing our data and focusing driver training on fuel usage, environmental impact and safe driving we are proud to show that although are fuel usage is now greater we have improved our MPG by 0.6%

Miles Driven Fuel used (in Litres) MPG
Jan –Dec 2016 576000 75728.00 34.58
Jan – Dec 2017 604500 78938.00 34.81
Percentage improvement 4.94% 4.23% 0.6%

We have recently introduced five new Euro VI 3.5 ton vans to our existing fleet. These are the most fuel efficient and environmentally compatible vehicles in their class. Each vehicle has been fitted with four way cameras to reduce blind spots and close proximity sensors which alert the driver to potential hazards. They also have switchable reversing sirens which together with class leading low engine noise coupled with a company policy for quiet out-of-hour’s deliveries show our commitment to minimising the impact of delivery noise levels within the community.

Our operating centre is located on a large distribution park adjacent to a busy main road. Our operating hours are 8am until 5pm but we do not accept deliveries after 2:30pm. This helps reduce traffic around our building at a critical time. Residential properties and schools are not within the route of our traffic plan, but we do route our deliveries away from a left turn across a cycle lane.

VJTUnfortunately as we have a minimum of 120 mile round trip from our head office to our first delivery point and some vehicles travelling up to 270 miles a day, we are unable to replace any of our fleet with electric or Hybrid. The new Euro VI engine vehicles have had a huge impact on reducing our carbon foot print and have increased MPG across the fleet. We aim to have all vehicles to Euro VI standard by mid-2018.

We will continue to take advantage of all that FORS membership offers; progressing to Gold is about continual improvements and we are always looking to move forward. 

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

Mitchellson Plant Hire Ltd – Going for Gold

For 30 years now Mitchellson has been helping clients develop their investments into exciting properties. From a small family run business, we have set out the foundations to develop into the dynamic business that we are today. We work on many exciting projects across the whole of the UK for a diverse range of clients.  We specialise in building structures that start with services such as enabling works, temporary works, groundworks, leading into reinforced concrete sub-structures and super-structures. We also deal with waste management and run a successful plant hire business. Mitchellson has developed into a company renowned for providing value for money solutions to our client’s requirements. We pride ourselves on delivering a project that exceeds our client’s expectations. The high level of repeat business that Mitchellson achieves highlights the satisfaction of our clients. Our client base has grown considerably and consistently over the last thirty years. Brian FitzMaurice, Transport/ Workshop Manager is our elected Fuel and Emissions Campion and he explains how important FORS is to our Company.

We came across FORS when tendering for work across London. When we looked at the requirements and benefits of joining the scheme we saw that they fitted in perfectly with our ethos of improving safety whilst complementing our drive to improve fuel efficiency and reduce our environmental impact’

We take compliance and safety very seriously, so we achieved our Bronze and Silver Accreditation first time. FORS did help us by providing training and tools that improved the policies and procedures’

The performance management toolkit really helped us set our targets for reducing our carbon footprint and improving our MPG. FORS has helped us improve our filing systems and procedures’

‘FORS has helped us achieve compliance and safety’ – Brian FitzMaurice – Transport/ Workshop Manager

All our drivers have completed their Safe Urban Driving course. We have also invested heavily in vehicle safety systems cameras, nearside proximity sensors and audible alarms for all our vehicles. All our drivers have also completed FORS E-Learning modules as well.’

‘We have increased our MPG by 48% since our baseline year’ – Brian FitzMaurice – Transport/ Workshop Manager

We have managed to keep our Parking fines and accidents/incidents down to zero for the past 12 Months. We achieved this by making sure we always selected the best route possible to all our sites and we plan ahead before leaving the yard

MPG Incidents Number of Parking Fines and Charges
Jan 15-Dec 2015 6.18 1 0
Jan 17-Dec 2017 9.15 0 0
Percentage improvement 48% 100% 0% increase

*No incidents or PCN’s for the past 12 months.

  • We get all my drivers to complete a comprehensive Medical Declaration on a annually basis even though the FORS Standard states once every 5 years. It’s also mentioned in the drivers handbook that if they at any point in time start suffering from a medical condition they need to notify the company ASAP as well as if they need to start taking medication prescribed by their GP or over the counter drugs. We will then investigate it to see if it’s still safe for the driver to be driving for the company and we may even ask the driver to get a letter from his doctor informing the company if he is still able to drive for the company. We will then start doing more driver assessments on the driver to make sure he isn’t a risk to the company or anyone on the road.
  • We have recently adopted a recruitment policy to try and help us recruit young drivers into the Transport industry.
  • We only have 1 Operating centre and we use it for parking our lorries. All our servicing is done by main dealers at their sites not ours. The only noise generated is when my lorries are idling so we can carry out our defect checks. All my lorries have white noise reversing alarms fitted to them.
  • We carry plant equipment to construction sites across the whole country. As we rely on our customers asking us to deliver to various construction sites across the whole country, we never know where we are going until they need us. Therefore we can’t afford to try and move anything via barge or train as we collect all the equipment from building sites and there is no other method than using a lorry and we then asked to deliver anywhere in the country. So using a Lorry is the most cost effective way of moving our clients goods. We are replacing all our lorries with Euro 6 engines as and when they are due for replacement. We have looked at electric vehicles and because of the weights we carry and the fact that our lorries have specialist equipment fitted no manufacture have produced an alternative fuelled vehicle that can carry the weight we do and go over the same terrain we do.

We will continue using what FORS has taught us to improve our MPG and reduce any wasted idling we might have and keep our Parking fines and Charges to zero’

Gaining FORS Gold Accreditation shows how dedicated we are as a company to improving road safety and the safety of all vulnerable road users in London as well as nationally. We will continuously use what FORS has taught us to help reduce our carbon footprint and make the roads so safer for everyone that uses them. We have also managed to make a significant saving by reducing our fuel usage and improving our MPG.

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If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

Lignacite Ltd (Brandon) – Going for Gold

Lignacite is a family run company that has been around for 65 years. The company is firmly founded on old fashioned values without being stuck in the past. It strives to combine a keen eye for design, a love of materials and a view to the future. With a desire to meet modern day requirements and to use natural, recycled and renewable products, Lignacite has become the market leader in innovations for concrete and facing masonry blocks. Lignacite has provided commodity building blocks for use in landmark buildings, such as The Gherkin and The Shard, the company also supplies blocks for general housing, offices, hospitals, schools, leisure and commercial developments. For Lignacite the use of carbonation technology is an extension to their long standing sustainability. As part of this, the company uses local sand and gravel for its blocks and up to 90% recycled waste materials, such as wood shavings, glass and shells in its products. Joanne Robinson – Head of Customer Services and Logistics is our elected Fuel and Emissions Champion and she explains how important FORS is to our Company.

We came across FORS when tendering for work across London. When we looked at the requirements and benefits of joining the scheme we saw that they fitted in perfectly with our ethos of improving safety whilst complementing our drive to improve fuel efficiency and reduce our environmental impact’

We take compliance and safety very seriously so we achieved our Bronze and Silver Accreditation first time. FORS did help us by providing training and tools that improved the policies and procedures’

The performance management toolkit really helped us set our targets for reducing our carbon footprint and improving our MPG. FORS has helped us improve our filing systems and procedures.

‘FORS has helped us achieve compliance and safety’ – Joanne Robinson – Head of Customer Services and Logistics

All our drivers have completed their Safe Urban Driving course. We have also invested heavily in vehicle safety systems cameras, nearside proximity sensors and audible alarms for all our vehicles. All our drivers have also completed FORS E-Learning modules as well.’

‘We have increased our MPG by1.67% since our baseline year’ – Joanne Robinson – Head of Customer Services and Logistics

We have managed to keep our Parking fines and accidents/incidents down to zero for the last 3 years in a row. We achieved this by making sure we always selected the best route possible to all our sites and we plan ahead before leaving the yard

MPG Incidents per 100,000 Kms Number of Parking Fines and Charges
Jan 15-Dec  2015 8.39 0 0
Jan 17-Dec 2017 8.53 0 0
Percentage improvement 1.67% 0% 0% increase

*No incidents or PCN’s for the past 3 years.

  • We get all my drivers to complete a comprehensive Medical Declaration on a annually basis even though the FORS Standard states once every 5 years. It’s also mentioned in the drivers handbook that if they at any point in time start suffering from a medical condition they need to notify the company ASAP as well as if they need to start taking medication prescribed by their GP or over the counter drugs. We will then investigate it to see if it’s still safe for the driver to be driving for the company and we may even ask the driver to get a letter from his doctor informing the company if he is still able to drive for the company. We will then start doing more driver assessments on the driver to make sure he isn’t a risk to the company or anyone on the road.
  • We have recently adopted a recruitment policy to try and help us recruit young drivers into the Transport industry.
  • We only have 1 Operating centre and all our servicing is done by main dealers at their sites not ours. The only noise generated is when my lorries are idling so we can carry out our defect checks. All my lorries have white noise reversing alarms fitted to them.
  • We carry building blocks to construction sites across the whole country. As we rely on our customers asking us to deliver to various construction sites across the whole country, we never know where we are going until they need us. Therefore we can’t afford to try and move anything via barge or train as we collect all the equipment from building sites and there is no other method than using a lorry and we then asked to deliver anywhere in the country. So using a Lorry is the most cost effective way of moving our clients goods. We are replacing all our lorries with Euro 6 engines as and when they are due for replacement. We have looked at electric vehicles and because of the weights we carry and the fact that our lorries have specialist equipment fitted no manufacture have produced an alternative fuelled vehicle that can carry the weight we do and go over the same terrain we do.

lignacite2We will continue using what FORS has taught us to improve our MPG and reduce any wasted idling we might have and keep our Parking fines and Charges to zero’

Gaining FORS Gold Accreditation shows how dedicated we are as a company to improving road safety and the safety of all vulnerable road users in London as well as nationally. We will continuously use what FORS has taught us to help reduce our carbon footprint and make the roads so safer for everyone that uses them. We have also managed to make a significant saving by reducing our fuel usage and improving our MPG.

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

FORS ‘2017 Review’ highlights major boost to member benefits

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has published its 2017 Review, the scheme’s annual report and assessment of the previous 12 months’ activity. Chief among the 2017 Review’s highlights is the huge increase in member benefits resulting from investment in new products and services.

Today, FORS membership provides significantly more benefits than ever before, with products and services introduced in 2017 alone, including:

  • a whole host of new, funded, training courses, workshops and eLearning modules
  • a new FORS Driver Licence Checking Service in association with FORS Affinity Partner Licence Bureau
  • a new FORS Audit Toolkit to help with initial FORS Bronze accreditation
  • a new FORS Fleet Management System – FOR FMS – developed by software specialist and FORS Affinity Partner FleetCheck

The 2017 FORS Review also describes in detail the continued growth in membership – notably with 264 operators progressing from FORS Bronze to Silver and 59 operators progressing from FORS Silver to Gold. While end-of-2017 figures showed total membership increase to 4,654, FORS continues to grow and, to date in 2018, FORS membership now stands at 4,755 operators.

It is the investment back into FORS Professional, however, the scheme’s dedicated training programme, where members are reaping the most tangible benefits – for drivers and managers alike. In 2017, FORS introduced a new FORS Practitioner Workshop (Manging noise in logistics), and a new FORS Practitioner Recertification course. New eLearning modules include Smart Driving, Smart Deliveries, two LoCITY eLearning modules, TruckSmart, Security & Counter Terrorism, Road Risk Champion and Collision Investigator.

DSC_8838“No other organisation has invested so much into training as FORS,” said FORS Director, John Hix, “the body of training materials at the disposal of drivers and managers is vast. With much of it free or funded, the value of dedicated training for members cannot be underestimated – the result is tangible benefits in everyday operation and for operators of all types.”

Arguably the calendar highlight for FORS in 2017, was the second FORS Members’ Conference. Using ‘compliance’ as its theme, the conference was fronted by influential figures from across the transport sector, attracting over 400 delegates and sparking lively debate throughout the day. Immediate and positive response has already prompted FORS to announce its third annual FORS Members’ Conference, again at the National Conference Centre in SolihuAnnual Report 20.022ll, on Tuesday 16 October 2018.

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

FORS launches Vehicle Graphics Service – FORS VGS

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has launched a dedicated FORS Vehicle Graphics Service (FORS VGS) to provide members with low-cost, hassle-free access to its complete range of high quality FORS ID graphics and warning signage. Every FORS ID purchased will qualify for a free warning signage graphic.

FORS has appointed vehicle graphics specialist, RGVA, as its exclusive supplier of FORS graphics and warning signage. RGVA also becomes the scheme’s latest FORS Affinity Partner – one of a select group of appointed companies offering discounted, FORS-branded products and services specifically for FORS members.

Recognising that a number of members have encountered problems in producing their own FORS ID graphics, either through IT-formatting issues or difficulties in procuring a local printing service, FORS VGS is now in place to streamline the whole process – providing low-cost, standardised signage products for all FORS members.

FORS VGS allows FORS members to order high-quality ‘3M Envision’ FORS ID graphics quickly and easily through the FORS website. Every FORS ID purchased will qualify for a free warning signage graphic, while orders for ten or more graphics will attract an additional 15% discount.

FORS VGS graphics are produced with a three-year 3M Matched Component System Warranty. In line with the key FORS message of environmental protection, FORS VGS products are PVC-free and made using degradable vinyl which breaks down under landfill conditions without emitting toxic gases or other pollutants.

“This new service,” said Paul Wilkes, FORS Business Services Manager, “provides our members with a quick, easy and low-cost method of acquiring a range of quality vehicle safety and warning signage. Although it is not mandatory to display FORS ID, members are proud of their association with FORS, and want to display the FORS logo as a mark of quality. Today,” he said, “members can obtain high quality graphics from RGVA to ensure their FORS ID and their warning signage are displayed loud-and-proud for many years to come.”

– FORS ID (size A4) – £3.24
– FORS ID (size A5) – £2.97
– Safety warning – from £2.97 (free when purchasing FORS ID product)

For more information, please go to the FORS website. 

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

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