FORS encourages companies to run safe and efficient fleets and FORS accredited operators are committed to improving the safety of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
FORS Standard ‘V7 – Vulnerable road user safety’ requires operators to fit vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight with blind spot warning signage. FORS guidance is that the signage should warn of the hazard and advise other road users to take appropriate action, for example ‘Blindspot – Take Care’.
There are 3 types of ‘Cyclists be aware’ signage:
Signage that is considered instructional such as ‘Stay Back’ or ‘No Entry’, is not recommended. FORS guidance is that all existing ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ warning signs should be replaced with the FORS approved signage above, which has been designed in conjunction with the cycling community. Instructional signage fitted to vehicles will result in a Minor Action Point at FORS audit.
Any accredited company that displays signage that is considered offensive or distasteful will receive a request from FORS for the signage to be removed or replaced. Failure to remove such signage will result in suspension from FORS until it is removed or replaced.
FORS specifically prescribes that warning signage should only be fitted to vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight. Our guidance is that blind spot warning signage is not required on vehicles under 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight. However, we are aware that a number of clients contractually require signage to be displayed on smaller vehicles. Where this is a contractual requirement of another organisation, it is outside of the remit of FORS and should be addressed with these companies or clients directly.
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