The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award has been given to Transport for London’s work on improving fleet and freight safety across Britain. TFL’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme was described as an outstanding model of its kind which has been carefully monitored and planned. As a result, the annual Fleet Award was given to the initiative which was first launched in 2008. The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is an accreditation scheme which helps fleet and freight operators to improve their operational and safety performance as well as to demonstrate compliance and best practice in their industry.
The scheme now has over 2,200 accredited companies operating over 180,000 vehicles, many of which are part of the construction and aggregates industries. Accreditation involved education and incentives and companies are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of accreditation making them raise standards within their organisation. Analysis of data shows that FORS members reduced injury collisions by 41% and reduced the total number of collisions by 25% between 2012 and 2013. Operators can use the scheme to chart their progress and monitor the safety of their fleet drivers and vehicles.
Responsibility of organisations in road safety
The International Road Safety Award given to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme shows that the scheme is worthwhile to join for companies running fleets or freights. The FORS offers incentives which allow companies to lead the way in keeping roads safer, particularly for vulnerable road users. As fleet vehicles are often large, heavy goods vehicles, they have a large responsibility when out on the road. By offering training to employees, companies can ensure that they reduce their own costs while minimising the risk of an accident involving one of their drivers. If you have been involved in an accident on the road that was the fault of another driver, you could be entitled to compensation.
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As a law firm which has been in operation for almost 14 years, we have helped thousands of victims of road traffic accidents to claim compensation for their injuries. We can assist you in making a compensation claim if you have been involved in an accident that was the fault of another road user and we offer a no win, no fee* policy so you won’t have to worry about any upfront costs. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline to discuss your claim with a trusted adviser.