We have been established for 30 years now and the priority of TG Transport Ltd has been service and value to our customer. With our specialist fleet of vehicles, we have been able to adapt to the needs of our customer. Our only client is Tarmac and we have been working solely for them for a number of years now. TG Transport Ltd is based in London and we have a total of 14 lorries across our fleet. Eilis Goswell, our Director 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’. Reduction of our carbon footprint is of high importance to us.
We take compliance and safety very seriously; as a consequence we achieved our Bronze and Silver Accreditation first time. FORS did help us by providing training and tools that improved the policies and procedures’ We have purchased an Econic vehicle to add our fleet this year in response to awareness of vulnerable road users and road safety (see vehicle photo above).
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.’ – Eillis Goswell Director
All our drivers have completed their Safe Urban Driving course which was funded by the Transport for London. 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.’
‘We have improved our MPG by 5.17% since our baseline year.’ – Eillis Goswell Director
We have managed to improve our MPG across the whole fleet by 5.17% compared to our baseline year. 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||Parking Fines and Charges||Number of Vehicles|
|Sept 14-Aug 2015||8.89||1||14|
|Sept 17-Aug 2018||9.35||2||14|
- We get all my drivers to complete a Medical Declaration on an annual 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 as we are very short on drivers.
- We work solely for TARMAC and we go to a site, pick up the concrete and then deliver it to where the client has specified. 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 concrete to and from construction sites across the whole country for TARMAC. As we rely on TARMAC directing our deliveries to various construction sites across London, we never know where we are going until they need us. TARMAC already use barge or trains as they get all the concrete and supplies delivered to the plants and then we transport it the final stage of the journey straight to site. So using a Lorry is the most cost effective way of moving TARMAC’s goods. We are replacing all our lorries with Euro 6 engines as and when they are due. 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 FORS directives in helping us to improve our MPG and reduce any wasted idling we might have and keep our accidents 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 refer to FORS guidelines and directives in helping us to help reduce our carbon footprint and make the roads safer for everyone that uses them.
We have managed to make a significant saving by reducing our fuel usage and improving our MPG. We have also reduced the amount of Parking Fines and Charges in the past 12 months.
Posted on 3rd November 2018
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