There are a range of initiatives which provide confidence to customers with the aim of improving fleet road safety across the UK. Attending a Van Smart course is now becoming a requirement for many of these industry initiatives.
The Van Smart course will fulfil requirements of certain clients in their Work Related Road Risk (WRRR) contract clauses and those construction companies which are signed up to the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) standard. Van Smart courses also meet the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) requirement which states that operators undergo approved progressive training.
Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS)?
An accreditation scheme for all fleet operators, FORS incorporates safety, fuel efficiency, economical operations and emissions and helps operators improve performance, operate within the law and comply with best practice in each of these areas. Much like other key industry standards, FORS aims to give fleet operators peace of mind that they are meeting legislative requirements. In addition it also demonstrates to new and existing clients that the company operates at a high level and to high quality standards.
The scheme has three main aims:
Recognise and reward excellence
Improve your competitive advantage
It’s a voluntary programme which is open to any company operating a fleet of vehicles, including lorries, vans and coaches. There are three distinct level of accreditation; Bronze, Silver and Gold; Bronze acts as the entry level for all operators and is achieved through an audit of the systems, procedures and documentation to demonstrate the required standards for Bronze accreditation. To find out more about the FORS Bronze Audit requirements, click here.
CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety)
In response to a Transport for London (TfL) review of activities in construction logistics and the causes of collisions, The Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) report, published by Transport Research Laboratory, demonstrated that road risk was viewed as less important than general health and safety risk in the construction industry and that clients and contractors didn’t seem to take responsibility for road risk in the same way as other general risks.
In 2013 the CLOCS national standard for Work Related Road Risk was launched, designed to help to reduce the risk of collisions between freight vehicles, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
The aim of CLOCS is “to revolutionise the management of work related road risk and embed a road safety culture across the industry as the UK’s population and economy grows”
To meet the CLOCS training requirements, fleet operators need to ensure that all drivers (including those exempt or not in scope of Driver CPC) undergo CLOCS approved progressive training specifically covering the safety of vulnerable road users.
For full details on CLOCS visit the dedicated website or click here for a selection of supplementary guidance documents.
Work Related Road Risk (WRRR)
Transport for London’s contractual clauses for managing Work Related Road Risk reduces the risk of collisions between commercial vehicles and other vulnerable road users.
These WRRR requirements help manage road risk throughout supply chains. They are identical to the CLOCS standard, but are applicable to the whole of TfL’s supply chain and not just construction.
It is mandatory for all contractors and their sub-contractors, who deliver to TfL premises or sites, to adopt these WRRR requirements. Failure to meet them may mean being turned away from sites or considered a breach of contract.
Other organisations – from small developers to large-scale projects such as Crossrail – have also introduced, or plan to introduce, the WRRR requirements.
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