TfL has signed a new contract with Sopra Steria to run the fleet recognition scheme FORS, which works to make vehicle fleets across the UK safer and greener.
FORS, which was created by TfL in 2008, is an accreditation scheme recognising freight and fleet safety and environmental standards.
The voluntary scheme audits fleet operators and awards bronze, silver and gold accreditations by asking them to demonstrate exceptional levels of best practice in safety and efficiency.
The scheme currently has around 5,000 accredited operators with approximately 110,000 vehicles across 17 countries and is regarded as international best practice.
The new contract will begin in January 2022 and will last for five years, with Sopra Steria taking over from the current administrators AECOM.
TfL says encouraging fleet operators to take part in the FORS scheme is an important part of the mayor’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate death and serious injury on the transport network and its commitment for London to become a zero-carbon city by 2030.
Christina Calderato, director of transport strategy and policy at TfL, said: “Improving safety on the Capital’s roads is key to our Vision Zero goal to eliminate deaths and serious injury on the roads and FORS has played an important role in driving up standards in the freight and fleet industry.
“We’re pleased that Sopra Steria has signed a new contract with us to take over FORS, which will allow us to improve the scheme and continue our important work with freight operators to improve the safety and emissions of their vehicles.
“We’d also like to thank AECOM for their commitment to FORS over the years and for the role they’ve played in making the scheme a success.”
Sopra Steria is a ‘European leader’ in consulting, digital services and software development.