FORS Gold Status Renewed
This week has seen the renewal of The Swain Groups FORS Gold certification for 2016-17. The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme is one of the most prominent accreditations that a road haulier can achieve, demonstrating high levels of safety, security, training, process and importantly; compliance. The standards range from Bronze and Silver to Gold.
FORS Gold demands that vehicles are kitted out with forward and rear facing cameras, vehicle turning 'squak' boxes, advanced driver taining and fully auditable pocesses, both in terms of driving and office procedures.
Swain has been a Gold standard operator for 3 years and has benefitted greatly from the accolade. A large proportion of our customers require that we have this accreditation to service their business. This is typically synonymous with the Construction industry where we operate a large number of vehicles daily into challenging sites across the UK, often in major cities with extremely tight access and delivery windows. Although FORS is generally seen as a London centric requirement, we fully expect this to be rolled-out across other Metropolitain areas....Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol.....we are prepared! Today we operate for many of the large Tier#1 Construction companies and their suppliers servicing many of the foremost construction projects in the UK.
The FORS Gold certification compliments other investments Swain continue to make in compliance which includes CLOCS, Crossrail, and SUDS (the Safe Urban Driving Scheme) where all of our drivers are required to undertake a cycling skills test to highlight the dangers of driving in major urban areas where cyclists are numerous and a constant risk.