Kinaxia Logistics has chosen the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) as the framework to manage work-related road safety, efficiency, and environmental impacts.
The group consists of eight haulage companies including Bay Freight, William Kirk, N C Cammack, Lambert Brothers Haulage, Foulger Transport, Panic Transport, Maiden’s of Telford and Mark Thompson Transport.
It has been the task of group health, safety and compliance manager Trevor Dickenson to implement a benchmark, and he has chosen to use FORS.
He said: “FORS helped identify the gaps. It covers everything we need in terms of training, servicing, health and safety.
"The structure and framework has helped us create our own processes for fleet management.”
FORS is a voluntary accreditation scheme with members across the UK and Europe, and helps companies become safer, more efficient and environmentally protective businesses.
Its FORS Professional brand offers free training to members, including courses, FORS Practitioner workshops, eLearning modules, toolkits and more, offering robust training to help upskill members.
Six of the eight hauliers in the Kinaxia Group are now FORS accredited, with two more currently undergoing audits.
Kinaxia has also opened its own training centres, and is in the process of having its training approved by FORS to contribute to the requirements outlined in the FORS Standard.
Dickerson said: “Training has been a big part of our push to drive down potential incidents, and we’ve found that drivers have really valued the investment.
"It has also been important to show them that we take all incidents seriously, no matter how big or small, and these are discussed at board level. We need careful, compliant and considerate drivers and ultimately our customers benefit from such comprehensive training.
“Using the FORS Standard across the group has also meant that no matter where the companies are located, or where the vehicles travel to, they are all implementing best practice.”