What is the relationship between FORS and CLOCS ?

FORS is funding a series of half-day workshops to help ‘demystify’ the relationship between FORS and CLOCS

‘Demystifying FORS and CLOCS’ workshops were developed in 2017 by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) – a key partner in the FORS Community Partnership.

The first ‘Demystifying FORS and CLOCS’ workshop was delivered in London in July with further workshops scheduled for Manchester and Birmingham. The workshop is free to attend for fleet operators and client specifiers. Over 200 delegates attended the first phase of the workshop delivery last year with FORS supporting and funding the delivery of workshops in 2018.

FORS and CLOCS are powerful complementary initiatives in place to drive-up standards in road risk management across the logistics sector. However, with national growth of the schemes at an exceptional rate there is a perceived confusion as to how they work together. The ‘Demystifying FORS and CLOCS’ workshop was developed to:

  • Provide the background and context as to why the contruction sector is taking steps to protect the most vulnerable road users
  • Explain the role of the different stakeholders and the actions they need to take to ensure a consistent road safety standards across the industry
  • Clarify how clients specify the CLOCS Standard in their supply chain and how fleet operators accredit to the FORS to demonstrate CLOCS compliance

The workshop is designed for anyone with influence within the supply chain, including developers, principal contractors, fleet operators, local authorities and procurement professionals.

CLOCS was established as an industry led movement in 2013 to address the construction sector’s overrepresentation in fatal collisions involving vulnerable road users. FORS has aligned to the CLOCS requirements since it was launched, in which time both schemes have matured to develop a consistent national standard for managing road risk in logistics operations. CILT Senior Associate and FORS Technical Adviser, Glen Davies, believes a level of misperception is understandable but one which can be easily explained.

“With two powerful schemes influencing road safety standards across the country, it is entirely reasonable that there is some confusion,” he says, “and, while there is a similarity, there is both a distinct difference and a crucial connection. CLOCS is a set of road safety requirements the construction client expects within the supply chain – FORS is a quality standard for fleet operations that is recognised by the client.

Davies adds, “Alongside improving road safety standards, FORS also helps improve operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact. Compliance to the CLOCS Standard is demonstrated by fleet operators accrediting to FORS Silver. It’s as simple as that.”

Derek Rees, CLOCS Project Director, concurs, “Every construction client and principal contractor should use CLOCS to demonstrate their respective corporate commitment and practical actions to eliminate the tragic 500 fatal or serious injury collisions that occur every year on the UK’s roads between HGVs and pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – and they should require every fleet operator to use FORS to demonstrate their own commitment and actions to achieve the same mission. Together we can save lives, business reputation and money.”

FORS has also produced a useful InfoAnimation – FORS and CLOCS: Compatible Compliance – to briefly describe how the two schemes align: https://www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/fors-clocs-compatible-compliance/

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Coventry University becomes the first ‘FORS Uni’

Coventry University has become the first ‘seat of learning’ in the UK to achieve membership with FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. The University’s FORS Bronze accreditation, attained early in July and shortly after FORS reached its 5,000th member milestone, applies to its fleet of 26 vans, two fleet cars and a single minibus.

The news is further evidence of FORS’ scope and reach as organisations beyond the transport sector realise the benefits of best practice when applied to their transport activities – regardless of the nature of their business or their fleet make-up.

For Coventry University, the need to benchmark its own fleet safety mindset was key when identifying FORS as a best practice partner.

“Our vehicle fleet is at a size now where we needed to introduce an operational standard,” said Stephen Beasley, Coventry University’s Grounds and Distribution Manager, “something to which we could benchmark our vehicles and especially our drivers. Quite simply, the requirements laid down by FORS provided us with a logical, manageable pathway to best practice.”

“We recognise that transport isn’t our ‘raison d’être’,” he said, “but our vehicles carry our livery, and it’s very important that our excellent reputation in the education sector is represented out on the road and in front of the wider public.”

With FORS Bronze membership now in place, Coventry University has stated it will explore the great many training opportunities available through the FORS Professional training portfolio, with a view to progressing to FORS Silver accreditation.

FORS believes Coventry University can blaze a trail for further educational institutions, and other organisations outside of the transport industry, to introduce FORS best practice into their supply chains.
“We’re very excited to see Coventry University become the first FORS Uni and to adopt FORS best practice into its management infrastructure, ,” said FORS Director, John Hix, “I believe it will pave the way for other universities to consider their own transport arrangements – many, like Coventry, with sizeable numbers of vehicles.

“Moreover,” he said, “it shows the scheme has grown beyond its traditional transport-sector roots, proving that it can offer tangible benefits to any organisation that is serious about increasing safety, boosting efficiency and promoting care for the environment.”

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DCL and VisionTrack to co-sponsor FORS Members’ Conference 2018

Commercial vehicle insurance underwriters, Direct Commercial Ltd. (DCL), and cloud-based video telematics provider, VisionTrack, are together revealed as headline co-sponsors at the FORS Members’ Conference 2018. The two companies have combined to produce ‘Camatics’ – a specialist fleet insurance policy to provide premium security and outstanding benefits.


The FORS Members’ Conference – free to attend for FORS members – will take place on Tuesday 16th October, 2018, with FORS again choosing the National Conference Centre in Solihull as its venue. This year’s conference theme is ‘10-years of evolving best practice’ and will include both a celebration and a retrospective of the scheme’s many notable achievements over the last decade. Headlining the proceedings will be the introduction of version 5 of the FORS Standard.

DCL and VisionTrack will adopt a prominent position throughout the one-day conference and will be central attractions within the dedicated exhibition hall. Focusing on the companies’ Camatics product, FORS members will see how policy holders can achieve an 18% reduction in claims costs and a 24% reduction in incidents.

“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to support this key industry event,” said Simon Marsh, Managing Director at VisionTrack, “As a FORS Associate, we share much common ground with the scheme and its principles. And, like FORS, our key focus is on safety – we’re passionate about it, in fact – and our products reflect our desire to reduce numbers of incidents and to promote more defensive and safer driving across the transport sector. A safety mindset behind the wheel,” he said, “goes a long way to boosting fuel economy and increasing overall operational efficiency.”

Adam Marsh, Head of Agency & Business Development at DCL, said, “We’re delighted to be supporting the conference and we’re right behind the FORS effort to promote an industry-wide safety attitude. With the exception of fuel,” he said, “insurance is arguably the largest single operating cost, and, with our Camatics product, we’re able to offer FORS members a significant discount on insurance costs alongside tangible benefits to boost long term productivity.”

VisionTrack’s extensive product range provides a visual insight into driver behaviour, resulting in increased levels of safety, better driving performance and greater efficiency. DCL’s insurance product portfolio includes its primary Commercial Motor Fleet policy supported by a range of dedicated products including Haul-in-One.com – for instant online quotes for one-to-ten vehicles which are engaged in most occupations including couriers – and Wasteline, for hazardous goods operators. Insurance for bus and coach operators is also available.

The FORS Members’ Conference – now a key event in the transport industry’s events calendar – will see presentations and lively debate from leading figures representing a wide cross-section of the transport sector including Rob Flello, transport industry consultant and founder of the Parliamentary Freight Transport Group, and Peter Kay, Head of Learning & Development at Tarmac.
The conference will be chaired once more by well-known industry commentator, Brian Weatherley. Over 30 FORS Associates will present their products and services at a dedicated exhibition zone, much of which discounted specifically for FORS members.

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The power of 10 – FORS celebrates milestone birthday

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary. In just one decade, FORS has grown from a small, yet highly motivated, collective of best practice-minded operators joining a new scheme created by Transport for London (TfL), to become a nationwide scheme boasting a 5,000-strong membership and representing the full spectrum of the transport operating industry.

FORS is now recognised as the go-to best practice accreditation scheme in the transport sector, with a mandate to promote safety, efficiency and environmental protection. Its members include commercial vehicle operators of any size and make-up, with vehicles from cars, vans and light commercial vehicles, to heavy goods vehicles. Members can access a comprehensive package of funded training delivered through the FORS Professional training portfolio.

FORS Director, John Hix, believes it is this progressive nature which has kept FORS relevant in an ever-changing industry. “When FORS began,” he says, “it was clear there was a lot more operators could do to make the roads safer and to make their fleets more efficient. Without a doubt, great strides have been made since then, with far more awareness of safety, up-skilling of drivers, and fleets operating far more efficiently. However,” he adds, “new technology, busier cities, and the increasing complexities of compliance means standards are always rising and there is always more we can do.

“Best practice is not a static one-off achievement, and neither is FORS – it is about embedding a cultural change, to encourage operators to always do more. We now have in place a robust accreditation scheme and we’re extremely proud that, 10 years on, our members continue to raise standards for their operations and the wider industry.”

FORS officially launched at the CV Show in 2008 and published the FORS Standard; the first edition of the comprehensive reference source which defines the requirements that members must meet in order to achieve the three, progressive levels of accreditation: FORS Bronze, Silver and Gold. It wasn’t long before FORS recognised it had at its disposal a much wider remit within the transport sector and, with growing interest from operators and specifiers from across the UK, the scheme rapidly expanded well beyond the confines of the M25.

Steve Agg, chair of the FORS Governance Standards and Advisory Group (GSAG) which oversees the FORS Standard, and former Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, said, “FORS started from scratch, specific to London and specific to freight, and now it is a scheme available to any commercial vehicle operator, across the UK and beyond. FORS has provided a tangible means for companies in the transport sector to demonstrate that they want to drive-up standards.”

Graham Bellman, Group Fleet Director at the Travis Perkins group, and GSAG member, said, “FORS single biggest achievement is putting transport distribution and supply chain on the map, moving us to an industry with a professional image and a national standard, helping not only us as operators but also our suppliers.”

Gordon Sutherland, GSAG member and Road Transport Logistics manager for FORS Champion Thames Tideway, said, “The tangible benefits of FORS are that companies are seeing less penalty charge notices and less incidents. The drivers are more confident with less staff turnover as a result, and that is a huge achievement in itself.”

Garry Lewis, Transport Standards Manager at Tarmac, and a member of GSAG said, “FORS shows that legal compliance isn’t good enough in today’s world, it needs to be about bringing in best practice. FORS has become the leading Standard for road transport safety and environmental issues, taking us past legal compliance to help drive us forward.”

The power of 10 – FORS milestones
1. 2008 FORS launches at the CV Show, publishing its Bronze Standard
2. In 2011 FORS launched its FORS Practitioner qualification, awarded upon completion of a series of 10 workshops, designed to assist operators in day to day best practice, and it also launched Safer Urban Driving course, putting drivers on cycles to highlight challenges faced by vulnerable road users
3. FORS has grown into a truly national scheme with a staggering 82% of members – that’s 4,051 companies – based outside London
4. FORS is now international, with active members in 17 countries, including the UK
5. The FORS Professional training programme has thus far trained over 180,000 managers and drivers via its eLearning and classroom-based courses
6. There are now over 1,000 FORS Silver accredited members
7. More than 250 companies are accredited as FORS Gold
8. Over 1,000 qualified FORS Practitioners
9. FORS first ten accredited members are still active today, and include Hanson UK, Trad Scaffolding Company, Martek Contracts, TfL (Tube Lines), Headlam, PHS Group, Bywaters, Bedfords Transport, West Horsley Dairy, and Lawsons Ltd
10. Over 5,000 accredited operators, representing nearly 10,000 operating centres and over 110,000 vehicles

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FleetCheck to provide FORS Fleet Management System – ‘FORS FMS’

Leading UK fleet management software specialist, FleetCheck, has been selected by FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, to provide FORS members with a dedicated fleet management software system, FORS FMS.

The move signals FleetCheck’s appointment as a FORS Affinity Partner, allowing the company to provide a FORS-branded product which assists FORS members with legal compliance and / or contractual requirements – all with a primary focus on improving safety, efficiency and environmental protection.
Widely recognised as a benchmark online fleet management tool, FleetCheck’s FMS product provides intuitive, easy-to-use software packages tailored to match specific fleet size and vehicle type.

FORS FMS is designed explicitly for FORS members seeking to demonstrate compliance with FORS Bronze, Silver and Gold requirements as set-out in the FORS Standard. Software includes an online checklist which allows FORS members quick and easy access to the specific fleet data required for accreditation.

FORS FMS boasts a comprehensive data platform providing online document storage, an information portal and an advanced reporting suite. An intuitive traffic-light system alerts users to primary calendar events such as MOTs, service intervals, driver training and licence checking. ‘O’ Licence criteria is also managed, with FORS FMS providing a wide range of additional tools.

FORS FMS also includes the FORS FMS Mobile app for phones and mobile devices; an electronic version of the manual vehicle inspection process, making it easy for drivers to carry out routine vehicles inspections, including photo-capability to report defects and to expedite maintenance requirements – all imported to a FORS FMS account to provide complete transparency.

Paul Wilkes, FORS Business Services Manager, commented, “FORS FMS gives our members the ability to collect and integrate essential data to gain, and retain, FORS accreditation – all through accessibility. The prospect of ensuring compliance using paperwork is, at best, daunting,” he said, “FORS FMS, on the other hand, will make the whole process quick, easy and extremely accurate.”

Peter Golding, FleetCheck’s managing director, added, “We’re thrilled to have been appointed by FORS to develop its FORS FMS platform. Online vehicle and driver data management leads to safer, compliant and more efficient fleets,” he said, “and we’re delighted to be supporting FORS members with their accreditation process, and, as a result, helping to boost productivity across the transport sector.”

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.