Following a successful audit, International Forwarding has been awarded FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Bronze accreditation.
The award demonstrates that IFL – an independent freight forwarding and pallet distribution haulier based in the Midlands – meets Transport for London’s (TfL) benchmarks for safety, environmental, legal, operational and other professional standards when delivering freight in London and beyond.
Rob Pike, MD, International Forwarding, said: “As a commercial fleet operator, we have just been through an audit process to be FORS-registered for Transport for London. Our accreditation shows that we are committed to following safety, efficiency and environmental best practice, and keeping up good professional standards in the marketplace.”
The award is valid for one year to ensure standards remain current.
What is FORS?
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is an accreditation scheme that aims to improve fleet activity in London, throughout the UK and beyond. It was developed by Transport for London in conjunction with key industry stakeholders such as the Department for Transport, Freight Transport Association, Road Haulage Association, Health and Safety Executive, and the Metropolitan Police.
What does a FORS audit involve?
This involves an annual benchmarking of commercial freight companies to ensure that they comply with FORS standard requirements, such as:
- Holding all regulatory licences with regular checks in place
- Having an inspection and maintenance plan in place
- Having a fully functioning complaints systems
- Ensuring staff are suitably qualified, trained and experienced
- Offering progressive training for fleet operators
- Record control and procedures in place for incidents/collisions.
You can find out more about FORS accreditation on their website.