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Our Scratchwood depot has passed its FORS Bronze Accreditation with flying colours.

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, is a voluntary accreditation scheme that promotes best practice for commercial vehicle operators. With more than 4,700 members, FORS is gaining recognition as the transport industry’s go-to accreditation scheme, encompassing all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve performance.

FORS Bronze, Silver and Gold membership provides progressive accreditation enabling operators to achieve exemplary levels of best practice. FORS members stand out from the crowd, work to standards above the legal minimum and have access to a wide range of exclusive benefits that provide a real competitive advantage.

FORS accreditation drives best practice across the European fleet industry in terms of safety, efficiency and environmental protection. It also offers guidance and training to help operators attain the Standard.

Scratchwood’s audit covered areas relating to policies and procedures, responsibilities, complaints and licensing, as well as vehicle maintenance and management, and the health, wellbeing and qualifications of our plant operators. We received a pass in every area of the audit, and our Bronze accreditation confirms that we employ good practice, and comply with the requirements laid out by the FORS Standard. This includes demonstrating dedication to driver and vehicle safety, combined with improving operating practices through effective monitoring of fuel and tyre usage.

Scratchwood O&M manager Shaun Moseley, who was supported Simon Harradance, Mark Scott, and James McHale and colleagues from Balfour Beatty Fleet said: “The key is to maintain and improve the standard set, and with further audits across the network planned, we aim to achieve Silver Accreditation by the end of 2018.”

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this successful audit and congratulations on achieving accreditation.