Work in progress – the FORS Standard and the FORS Passenger Working Group

Written by Ellie


The FORS Passenger Working Group met recently to discuss how requirements relevant to bus and coach operators can be incorporated into version 5 of the FORS Standard due for release in October 2018.

Recommendations include the introduction of new requirements such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, disability and discrimination training, passenger safety and PCV approved training, while the group were also keen to see existing requirements evolve to add relevance to bus and coach operators.

“The input of this group is an essential part of making FORS more inclusive for all fleet operators,” said FORS Manager, James Tillyer, “and it’s clear there’s an appetite to encourage bus and coach operators to benefit from the scheme. With the group representing bus, coach and minibus operators, as well as Community Transport and the wider industry through The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT), we certainly see a diverse range of opinions, while extensive feedback is proving particularly useful.”

The group has now completed a review of the FORS Standard at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, and the recommendations will form an essential part of the FORS Standard review this year.

The review is well underway, involving a dedicated FORS Technical Advisory Group – a select panel of individuals from FORS GSAG (the Governance & Standards Advisory Group) – as well as regulators, enforcement bodies, local authorities, insurers and contracting entities alongside CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety), LoCITY and representatives from road safety groups.

Look out for more news concerning the release of version 5.0 of the FORS Standard.

Posted on 2nd October 2018

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