FORS Standard 4.0 also features its strongest environmental credentials to date. “This is our greenest ever FORS Standard,” said FORS Concession Director, John Hix. “NOX and particulate matter, noise, alternative drives, tyre and fuel management all come under the spotlight in this update.
“We’re responding to best practice development within the industry,” he added. “For example, the new standard introduces a Bronze licence check using a risk-based verification system that directly accesses the DVLA database. Above all, it’s a streamlined document, making it more user-friendly and more engaging. It really is the ultimate best practice resource in the transport industry.”
FORS Standard 4.0 is designed specifically for FORS members and is the scheme’s definitive reference source governing key operational factors surrounding safety, efficiency and environmental protection – combining to increase productivity and overall operational performance.
The FORS Standard is reviewed and updated on a two-yearly cycle, and covers pathways to FORS Bronze, FORS Silver and FORS Gold accreditation. The introduction of the new standard does not affect the fee structure, and will come into effect from 10 November 2016.
Developed and approved by the FORS Governance & Standards Advisory Group – a collective of operators and industry bodies from across the transport sector – it represents the latest regulatory updates, additions and amendments.
The FORS GSAG was set up to ensure that the FORS Standard remains abreast, and in many respects ahead, of the transport industry’s often complex laws and legislation. Its role includes overseeing quality management standards in order to ensure the integrity of the scheme, as well as recommending changes and improvements based on real-life trends in the industry.