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TfL contractor achieves safety accreditation

Wednesday 19th March 2014

The UK’s largest specialist road marking contractor has been accredited under a fleet safety scheme operated by Transport for London (TfL).

W J Linkline Group has achieved ‘bronze’ accreditation from TfL’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) which is designed to improve vulnerable road user safety across London.

In a move designed to reduce the number of serious and fatal injury accidents involving cyclists and other vulnerable road users in London, TfL now expects drivers of all vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes GVW on its London Highways Alliance Contracts to undertake the FORS approved driver training for safe urban driving. 

In addition to driver training, FORS also introduces an established standard for LGVs operating on the TfL network. This includes additional signage on vehicles to warn cyclists of potential dangers and driver aids to improve visibility in blind spots.

These improved safety standards being set in London are expected to be adopted by other UK authorities in due course.

Paul Aldridge, W J Linkline director, said: “All our London based drivers have received safe urban driving training which is to be expanded to all our drivers to ensure uniformity across the business.”

Scott Logan, W J Linkline Group transport manager, said: “The FORS Scheme helps standardise and control how we manage our fleet and work related road risks across the group.”

For more information contact Larry Walsh at W J Linkline Group on 07748 073880.

WJ Linkline Group
WJ Linkline Group owns and operates 205 vehicles including 120 LGV road construction vehicles and has recently set up a DVSA approved driver training division, providing internal and external LGV driver training as well as introducing a series of industry related driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) courses.

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