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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.

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