New guide aims to support driver recruitment, retention and engagement

New guide aims to support driver recruitment, retention and engagement

Effective Driver ManagementFORS Professional, the training umbrella of FORS, has worked with Transport for London (TfL) and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s (CILT) Safety Forum to publish a new guide on ‘Effective Driver Management – An Industry Code of Practice’.

Creation of the document was led by the CILT Transport and Logistics Safety Forum, in consultation with the wider transport industry, and was jointly produced with TfL and FORS Professional to assist with the need to manage drivers effectively.

The CILT Transport and Logistics Safety Forum is a professional group for members who are engaged in all aspects of transport and logistics safety. The forum aims to inform, advise and influence both members and external bodies on good practice and appropriate policies to enable transport and logistics services to be as safe and effective as possible.

The new guide is designed to provide driver agencies and operators of all sizes with practical guidelines on areas such as how to handle the initial recruitment process, how to retain and engage current drivers, and how to effectively manage performance.

Containing advice and best practice, as well as case studies from operators on apprenticeship schemes, the guide will also help operators with FORS Gold requirement ‘G7 Strategy for recruiting new drivers’, and is provided free of charge to FORS members. 

Dean Clamp, Wincanton Group HSEQ Director, and Forum Chair, said: “The forum exists to raise standards of safety across the industry and to drive scalable best practice in a way that is inclusive and useful to all. We are on a journey that will see collisions/incidents reduce by constantly engaging with industry and driving technology.”

“Drivers play a fundamental role both in the transport sector and the wider economy,” said Sam Weller, from City Planning, Transport for London. “They are often working alone for long periods and in challenging conditions where delivery schedules are becoming increasingly stringent.” 

“We believe the driving community should be better recognised as a highly skilled and valued element within the supply chain, benefiting from effective management to ensure retention and productivity, and to enhance the image of road transport in general,” he said.

To read the Effective Driver Manager ICOP, please click here.