The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is an accreditation initiative which aims to help companies improve safety while operating fleets or freights. The scheme is open to any organisation running a fleet including mini-buses, coaches, vans and lorries. Companies can join the scheme voluntarily and are awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation levels according to their achievements. The initiative offers education and incentives to help fleets operate safely on Britain’s roads and to help them protect other road users when in operation.
Accreditation with FORS can help fleet operators to improve their safety record, reduce their environmental impact, and save money. Companies who join the scheme can also create a name which invokes trust as it shows that they are taking steps to improving safety awareness among their drivers and within their organisation. The FORS standard is based on lawfulness on the road, efficiency, safety and environmental protection. Companies can work towards these standards by meeting the criteria at one of the levels and arranging to have a FORS audit of their company. Those who qualify will be awarded accreditation at one of the levels.
How initiatives can improve road safety
Safety initiatives like the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme can encourage companies to be more aware of their responsibility to other road users when operating their vehicles. Large vehicles such as buses and lorries can cause serious injuries if involved in an accident, particularly if the accident is with a cyclist or pedestrian. Accreditation with this scheme means that all drivers will be fully trained in road safety and the company are able to keep track of their safety on the road. Although many companies operate a safe fleet, there may be a rogue driver who does not follow the training. If you have been involved in a road accident that was the fault of a dangerous driver, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
How to make a claim
Compensation may be won if you have suffered injuries in a road traffic accident that was the fault of another road user. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this and can offer no-obligation advice when you call our dedicated team. Our helpline is free to call 24/7 and our no win, no fee* policy ensures that you won’t have to dip into your current finances to pay any upfront fees. Call us today to determine how successful your personal injury compensation claim is likely to be.
Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown