‘Peter Small Transport Services Ltd has been in business for one year as a limited company and as a sole trader for 16 years. The Company have always worked with Tarmac and have expanded the fleet to Four Lorries, Two 32000kg vehicles and Two 44000 kg articulated vehicles. The company is based in Radlett and has Six full time employees. We are engaged in taking away plainings on behalf of Tarmac as well as hauling aggregates on behalf of them too during the daytime. The company have mainly a 24-hour operation in place and operate exclusive for Tarmac which include working on contracts for TfL.
We first heard about FORS through Tarmac. We looked at the benefits of joining the scheme and we saw that these were standards and ethos that we wished to adopt of improving the safety for both our vehicles and drivers.
We take safety very seriously, so we achieved FORS Bronze accreditation and then went onto applying for our Silver Accreditation which we achieved in January 2017.
FORS has helped benefit by us being able to achieve better standards through their driver training programme, both classroom based and through e-Learning modules, along with FORS toolbox talks. This has led to all our drivers having a better understanding of road safety and raised their awareness of the needs of other vulnerable road users. Our non-accident rate has remained at 100% over the past five years and this is due to continuing commitment to raise awareness of Vulnerable Road Users though our driver training program with both Tarmac and FORS/COLCS.
“We are committed to improving a high standard of road safety, together with Tarmac, FORS and CLOCS” – Managing Director, Peter Small.
All our vehicles are fitted with 360 degree cameras, side cameras, near side proximity sensors and audible left turn alarms, Class IV,V, V1 Mirrors, flashing beacons on the cab of all vehicles, cyclist safety stickers to both the rear and sides of our vehicles. All our new vehicles have Anti Collison Manager, Lane Departure Warning sensors and Overhead Power Sensors fitted as standard.
The new vehicle fleet which is due in 2019 will also be fitted with additional glass in the passenger side door to aid road safety. All our drivers have completed Safe Urban Driver courses and have completed all the FORS E-Learning Modules.
We have recently implemented a new recruitment policy that outlines that we need to look at employing younger drivers/employees and provide training to that particular role.
“We are committed to road safety working with FORS, CLOCS and Tarmac” – Managing Director, Peter Small.
We have learnt that by equipping both our vehicles and drivers to the highest safety standards that our accident rate has remained at zero over the past five years and has contributed to saving both time and money in reduced claims to the company.
All our vehicles are at Euro 6 spec and Peter Small Transport Services Ltd will continue to invest in the latest fleet so as to ensure road safety and the environment is safe guarded.
Achieving Gold Accreditation will allow us to continue to strive towards the highest road safety standards so that we are able to continue to maintain this safety record and protect the environment.
“Our accident rate has remained at zero in the last five years.” – Managing Director, Peter Small.
Once we had gained our Bronze accreditation we decided to go for the Silver Accreditation in 2017 as we were already doing everything required of us to gain Silver accreditation. Once we were at Silver we decided to show best practice and be able to stand out from our competitors.
|Average MPG for Fleet||Incidents per 100,000 Kms||Number of PCNs|
|March 2016 – March 2017||6.8||0||0|
|March 2017 – March 2018||7.0||0||0|
All our drivers are required to fill in an in-depth medical declaration on an annual basis even though through the FORS Standards it is recommended every 5 years. It is mentioned in the driver’s handbook, which requires the drivers to report any change to the company and forms part of their contract of employment. Once the driver informs the company, this would lead to an investigation and if we felt the driver was unfit to drive, we would require medical evidence form the drivers Doctor informing us that they were fit to drive. The company would only allow the driver to driver once we had received the letter. The driver would then be subject to recommended reviews, until we were satisfied that they we fully fit to drive.
Last year we have recently implemented a recruitment policy to the company, that outlines that we as a company are committed to employing young drivers/employees where possible and training them into that role.
The future plans of the company are to ensure we that our safety record continues to be the highest standard, through driver training and fitment of vehicle safety equipment.
Achieving Gold will help the company to work towards these goals and help to improve the industry’s safety standards, whilst looking towards reducing our emissions through less polluting vehicles.
Posted on 15th October 2018
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