The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) helps lift service provider GGR Group improve the standards of its vehicles across its fleet.
The main supplier of lifting products and services, GGR Group, has a fleet of 23 vans and heavy goods vehicles in three depots in the UK. The company had its first FORS Bronze audit in 2013 and now has two sites, in Haddenham and Oldham, both FORS Gold accredited, the highest level of the progressive system.
GGR’s fleet is at the heart of the company’s operations, ensuring the rapid and safe delivery of advanced specialized lifting equipment to construction projects across the country. It is therefore essential that the best procedures, guarantees and standards are in place, explains Roger Millar, COO of the GGR group. âFORS accreditation has helped the GGR group to improve their vehicle standards, enabling us to meet the new Direct Vision standard for London,â he said.
âIt has also helped us develop practical, theoretical and interactive training for our drivers, as well as empowering us to put in place policies and procedures to improve our overall performance. For example, by implementing a revised accident policy, reporting procedure and driver awareness training, we have reduced our accident rate by 35% from 2018/19, âsaid Millar .
It’s a similar story to the Oldham depot of the GGR Group, which joined its southern counterpart at the Gold level in early 2021. Reflecting on the impact of FORS Gold accreditation on its fleet, Kieron Harrison, Head of transportation and logistics north at GGR, said: âAfter passing the FORS Silver Accreditation, our goal was to use all the knowledge we had gained throughout our journey from Bronze to Silver and apply it to obtaining our Gold accreditation with FORS. Having achieved this feat, we can now not only pass on our experience and understanding to other players in the supply chain, but also continuously improve our own road safety, compliance and environmental standards.
âFORS Gold has helped GGR immensely by providing the training, tools and understanding necessary to push our business to the forefront of transportation and logistics. Whether it’s the knowledge we get from using FORS Fleet Tools or the information and experience our drivers have gained from completing all FORS online training modules, the experience is invaluable â.
Operating under the highest level of FORS accreditation has forced the GGR group to identify a number of areas for development, such as the need to introduce new vehicles into the fleet to help combine more loads and reduce emissions. global across the entire fleet. Millar says the recent introduction of a van fleet has also provided additional flexibility to meet changing customer needs, while lowering operating costs.
âSeeking more sustainable solutions like alternative fuels and electric vans will allow us to make great strides in reducing emissions from our fleet,â says Millar, who is quick to assert that FORS is not just about emissions and to cost savings. Safety and driver education are equally important areas of development for GGR, whose drivers are encouraged to develop their knowledge using FORS’s myriad of e-learning packages and webinars.
âGoing forward we expect FORS to be more adopted in all major cities across the UK and I believe the need to have sustainable operations will be integral to success going forward,â said Millar. âThose who cannot demonstrate compliance with the highest professional standards in the industry risk being left behind or excluded from important contracts. For us, this is not an option, âhe said.