FORS Standard Version 5 – are you compliant?

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators which aims to raise the level of quality within the transport business, and demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency and environmental protection.

FORS is reviewed and updated on a two-yearly cycle in order to keep fully abreast of transport legislation and ensure the scheme evolves productively. Accreditation shows that a fleet operator is committed to exceeding the industry standard, and is a valuable tool for the promotion of a company as a responsible operator. Currently there are in excess of 5000 accredited members, and 108,000 accredited vehicles.

Version 5 of the Standard came into effect in January 2019 and if your accreditation process is coming up for review, you’ll need to ensure you’re compliant with the revised requirements for Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. The main updates in this version are for Bronze and Silver, with some important and, in our opinion, essential safety enhancements added to Silver.

At the Silver level, safety technologies become mandatory in order to protect VRUs (Vulnerable Road Users). Vehicle safety equipment must be fitted, including a left turn alert, an audible reversing alert and a side-scan system on the nearside. A nearside camera must also be incorporated to ensure the blind spot is covered, with a monitor to show at least two inputs for switching the view of the blind spot areas. Cameras need to have a minimum of 120-degree vision.

For 7.5 tonne vehicles and above, operators will need to fit rear cameras, and it’s recommended that front and offside cameras and digital video recording equipment are also fitted.

Brigade Electronics provides all the vehicle safety systems you will need not only to achieve the Silver level, but to surpass it considerably. Ensure your compliance with our top quality, reliable and practical ranges:

Our reversing and warning alarms use a wide range of white sound frequencies so a driver can instantly locate where the sound is coming from.

Our impressive Backeye®360 acts as an all-seeing eye for the commercial driver by eliminating blind spots and providing a complete real-time surround view of the vehicle. VRUs can be seen immediately and incidents averted.

Camera monitor systems enable drivers and operators to manoeuvre and drive safely. Vehicle-mounted CCTV cameras deliver a live feed on the monitor of everything in the camera view.

Brigade’s Mobile Digital Recording range includes four-channel mobile DVR with a 500Gb hard drive and eight-channel 1 TB models. MDR captures footage from up to eight cameras simultaneously with up to 1962 hours of recording time to be certain of capturing every moment of a journey.