SHB Hire Ltd reinforces its dedication to road safety through achieving the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) Silver accreditation at its Heathrow depot.
The accreditation is aimed at improving road safety through vehicle safety technology, fleet management, and driver license checks - all of which SHB have continued to demonstrate since the award of the FORS Bronze accreditation in September 2015.
To achieve Silver, fleet operators must prove to auditors that they have provisions in place to actively manage and monitor its fleet along with meeting set vehicle safety specifications that include the minimisation of blind spots on vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.
SHB have a longstanding dedication to road safety, not just in London but across the UK. Recently the decision was made to fit Side Scan units to all new vehicles above 3.5 tonnes as standard regardless of where they will be operated. This is a safety requirement for the Safer London Lorry Scheme that came into effect in September 2015.
SHB’s Commercial Director, Nicky Simpson, explained: “We have committed a large amount of time and resources over the past few years to ensure that we not only operate our fleet in a safe manner but also lead the way in supporting our customers.
“The arrival of the FORS Silver accreditation will hopefully go some distance to show our continued dedication to safety on the road.”
SHB aims to have each of its 14 UK based locations operating fully in line with FORS Silver by the end of 2016.
FORS is a voluntary accreditation scheme open to all companies operating a fleet consisting of vans, lorries, mini-buses and coaches, and encourages all operators to work to the law and best practices. The FORS accreditation is split into three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold, and offers companies an exclusive range of benefits as well as a competitive edge on the market.