ProVision were delighted to attend a meeting in Birmingham to learn about the changes FORS are bringing with version 5 of the FORS Standard.
The FORS Standard defines the requirements that fleet operators must meet in order to attain and maintain FORS accreditation. Organisations with audit dates on and after the 14th of January 2019 will be audited against version 5 and must therefore prepare their Bronze, Silver or Gold audit(s) against the revised requirements. The FORS Standard version 5 is now available to download.
With this latest version, we’re delighted that FORS are pushing for more safety technology to be implemented in order to achieve Silver compliance.
We advocate this technology push because there is a plethora of evidence showing the massive improvements that can be made with fleet safety technology. One of our customers, Dynes Motor Group, experienced a 23% reduction in accident claims after installing CameraMatics. Another customer, McCulla Ireland ltd, experienced insurance reductions, reduced claims, improved safety and higher fuel efficiency – adding up to £200,000 in total savings per annum. Therefore, it is crucial that fleets, recognition schemes, insurance companies etc. recognise and promote the power of fleet safety technology.
While there is certainly a long way to go, we’re hopeful that future versions of the FORS Standard will further push for more safety technology. FORS have implied that what’s not mandatory at the moment, and just recommended, will more than likely become mandatory somewhere down the line. So, this gives great incentive for fleets to invest now and be ready for the future.
The majority of technology changes are to Bronze and Silver level, here is a summary of these changes:
Bronze is the foundation level of FORS safety compliance. It includes the absolutely necessary elements of compliance for a safe fleet. It’s disappointing that safety technology isn’t required to achieve Bronze level yet but we’re sure FORS will make this mandatory in future versions. For now, here are the main changes to the Bronze level:
FORS Silver Standard is when safety technologies such as cameras, DVRs, warning sensors become necessary, as this level aims to protect VRU’s (Vulnerable Road Users). Recently, one of our customers, Cheetah Couriers, achieved FORS Silver by investing in CameraMatics. Here’s a summary of the changes to the Silver level:
For 7.5 Tonnes and above
(Note: V4 didn’t require cameras.)
Overall, we’re very happy that FORS are taking a step in the right direction and looking forward to future developments. We’re happy the industry is listening to us and taking the necessary steps towards making safety technologies, such as video recording systems, mandatory.
If you’re interested in becoming FORS compliant, we can help in many of the new requirements set out by FORS:
Ask our sales team for more information on how CameraMatics can help you achieve the FORS Standard you want.