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FORS Accreditation - Goods Vehicle Licence

The FORS process of accreditation and continuous improvement makes absolute business sense. This prestigious award will give your customers the peace of mind that they are dealing with an organisation that takes safety and compliance very seriously. A FORS accreditation makes you stand out from all other businesses when you compete for new business opportunities. The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme is a method of recognising fleet operations which comply with requirements set by FORS. The standard is based upon lawfulness, safety, efficiency, and environmental protection. Fleet operator’s operations are audited against the requirements of the standard by an approved certification body. The standards cover; Management, Vehicles, Drivers and Operations. To become FORS accredited you must prove that you meet the criteria set out in the standards – we will help you achieve this simply, quickly and cost-effectively. Contact our Manchester office on 0161 961 0182, or London office on 0203 332 2961 or visit

The FORS Standard defines four basic requirements that a fleet operator of lorries or buses must meet if they wish to become FORS Accredited. The Four FORS are:


That a formally appointed, experienced and responsible person is running the transport operation.
That all regulatory licenses necessary are held.
That all company policies and procedures are communicated to the staff.
That all policies and procedures are reviewed annually at a minimum, and any changes implemented are themselves reviewed.
That a system exists for dealing with and managing complaints and legal action.
That all staff are qualified, trained and experienced.
That the company is up to date with industry developments.
That all policies and processes covering the mandatory requirements of the FORS standard, and the roles and responsibilities of senior management and daily operations personnel are documented.


An inspection and maintenance plan for all vehicles and equipment.
That all vehicles are subject to a daily walk-around check.
That all vehicles are monitored for fuel use and tyre wear.
That a minimum of third-party insurance is held for the entire fleet.
That all Vehicle Excise Duty is paid.
That vehicles are safely loaded.
That all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are fitted with prominent signage to warn vulnerable road users not to get too close, side-under run protection and class VI mirrors.
That risk assessment has been carried out on the potential for people to fall from vehicles, for vehicles manoeuvring.


That all licenses are checked and verified before driving, and reviewed at least every six months.
That all drivers working for the company follow the Highway Code and pay particular regard to vulnerable road users.
That all drivers and line managers undergo approved progressive training.
That all drivers are forbidden from using a mobile phone or other distracting technology while driving and that this is enforced.
That all drivers are fit and healthy to work.
That driver hours are managed and monitored through effective planning and tachograph measurements.
That all infractions are recorded, monitored and acted upon.


That the most efficient and appropriate vehicles are deployed for each
journey, and that vehicle routes to sites are adhered to.
That all specialist goods, waste or abnormal loads are dealt with in the correct manner.
That insurance claims are reviewed and reacted to.
That all records are well kept and maintained.

We will help you achieve, or renew your FORS Accreditation simply, quickly and cost-effectively just contact our Manchester office on 0161 961 0182, or London office on 0203 332 2961 or email