Transport for London (TfL) has appointed AECOM to expand its FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) across the UK, in a move to allow more fleet operators to benefit from consistent operating standards.
TfL launched FORS in 2008 to improve road safety and help reduce the wider environmental and traffic impacts of freight and fleet operations. FORS accreditation is underpinned by a fleet quality standard, which operators are audited against. Accredited operators demonstrate a commitment to managing road risk, reducing environmental impact and improving operational efficiency.
More than 210,000 vehicles from 2,400 companies are now accredited to FORS, and in 2014 the scheme won the Fleet Award at the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards.
AECOM has been selected to take over the management and operation of FORS for the next five years, with the option of a two-year extension to 2022.
Despite originally being a London scheme, around two thirds of accredited operators are already based outside the M25. Through the concession AECOM is now able to make accreditation to FORS consistently available across the country.
Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: “This concession is good news for the future of road safety and the wider impacts of freight and fleet operations not just in London, but across the country.
“FORS’ success will be enhanced and AECOM will help this award-winning scheme expand nationwide to the benefit of all operators and road users.”