We’re delighted to have helped our client Fox Brothers achieve their FORS gold accreditation during the challenging Covid-19 lockdown.
In 2016 Fox achieved FORS bronze accreditation. In 2019 they achieved FORS silver.
To achieve FORS gold amid all the challenges 2020 has brought the world, means a great deal to Fox and JCS.
What is FORS accreditation?
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary programme that demonstrates that a company adheres to the highest standards of road safety, including full awareness of vulnerable road users and environmental protection as key themes.
It is open to operators of lorries, vans, minibuses, coaches and other vehicles, and to the organisations that award contracts to those operators.
Gold is only given to exceptional operators who’ve met exacting targets. That’s us and our client, Fox Brothers!
Who are Fox Brothers?
Fox Brothers operates a range of vehicles from HGV tippers, walking floor trailers, fuel tankers, excavators, sweepers and other plant machinery.
The company carries out site preparation works for a range of projects, including public infrastructure, housebuilding and commercial developments. Road transport inevitably makes up a large part of what Fox does.
Fleet efficiency and improved recruitment
We helped Fox through the FORS gold process, showing them the best way to organise and order information and data.
Fox’s operations require the company to keep a close eye on fuel use and FORS helps to achieve this. The company is better able to monitor running costs, fuel use, carbon footprint, driver training, company administration and vehicle maintenance using new methods that ensure maximum efficiency.
Each month, information including mileage, fuel use, cost of fuel and any incidents are uploaded in order to get an accurate picture of Fox’s carbon footprint and operating costs. Fox use FORS to analyse vehicles and scrutinise their use.
FORS gold has helped Fox to consider new methods of running vehicles to achieve greater efficiency, for example, replacing some of the fleet with electric models. Going through the FORS process also challenged some of the current work practices and systems. For example, how staff travel into work. It suggested implementing different traffic plans that take account of who comes into the office or yard from a specific area.
How Fox achieved its FORS gold accreditation
Fox chose JCS Transport because we have extensive experience as FORS practitioners. To prepare for the FORS gold application, more than 50 of Fox’s drivers took part in on-the-road cycling on bicycles to better understand road safety issues.
Because of Covid-19, the Lo-City Driving, the mandatory training for gold, was done remotely working on Saturdays over seven weeks. Staff sat two metres apart in rooms at Fox’s offices. Webcams were used to link through to the sessions which JCS had ensured were preauthorised by FORS.
What will FORS gold mean for Fox Brothers?
Achieving gold demonstrates to staff, customers, industry and the public that Fox put safety and quality first. The company is now looking forward to putting the new gold status into action as part of tenders for new infrastructure projects announced by the government when the lockdown first eased.
Having FORS gold also makes a difference with recruitment. It demonstrates Fox is a company that cares about its employees, customers and other stakeholders. Fox values safety, not just for drivers, but for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.
Drivers attending job interviews will be informed about the FORS standard. They know what it represents and what it says about the company.
FORS gold spells out clearly that Fox Brothers is a high-quality company to work for and we at JCS Transport are thrilled with their success.