County Supplies Ltd – Maintaining Gold

County Supplies Ltd – Maintaining Gold

County Supplies Ltd has been in business for 11 years and have always worked exclusively for Tarmac. The company have three 32000Kg lorries are fully lived in the Tarmac signage and  County Supplies Ltd is proud to work with Taramac. County Supplies Ltd started with two vehicles in 2009 and has increased its number to three Tarmac lorries over the past 11 years, with four drivers, working opposing shifts on a 24 hour basis as well as daytime shifts.

The company is based in Colchester and in Ipswich and has four full time drivers. All drivers have been trained to the highest standards by both Tarmac and FORS alike and undertake to do both FORS e-learning on a yearly basis and FORS Safe Urban Driving, classroom course every five years. The company work exclusively for Tarmac and are engaged in taking away plainings on behalf of Tarmac as well as hauling aggregates on behalf of them during both the daytime and night and enjoy working on such contracts as road developments and plant work.

The company were asked by Tarmac to do their FORS Bronze in 2014 as part of the commitment to Tarmac and the company soon saw the benefits of FORS which promote to achieve safer vehicles and drivers, alongside robust policies. The benefits of joining the FORS became evident as its clearly promotes safety which is one of Tarmac’s underpinning rules for both driver and vehicle. The company saw that these were standards and ethos that they wished to adopt for improving the safety for both our vehicles and drivers.

As Gold Members and take safety very seriously and this year we have brought vehicles another vehicle. All our vehicles have full FORS safety, along with collision manager, lane deviation warning and overhead power cable detectors which makes for a safer driver and a more comfortable driver ride, thus making the driver a less stressed and safer driver.

All drivers have undertaken FORS training, both classroom based and e-learning based, (E-learning every year and Safe Urban Driving every 5 years) and the company is proud to say that our accident rate remains at zero accidents for the fourth year running.

We achieved our gold status in 2018 and this has meant that Tarmac see us as one of their premium partners within its extensive network of owner drivers.

The company have a progressive policy towards alternative fuelled vehicles and before buying euro 6 vehicles also considered the use of an alternative fuelled vehicles, however currently there appears to be no viable alternative for the tipper market, within the costings and type of work carried out by Tarmac. However the company remains positive towards this approach, and hopes that soon the market will provide an alternative vehicle.

The company have also assessed the use of alternative fuelled vehicles. As said earlier, all our vehicles are equipped to above the FORS required specs, and our adblue vehicles at Euro 6 standard, thus making for a more economical vehicle and a safer vehicle, with a better impact upon the environment.

FORS has helped us benefit by us through their driver training programme, both classroom based and through e-Learning modules, and the regular toolbox talks prove to invaluable to our drivers in raising their awareness of both road safety and the environment.

The company are progressive towards improving the environment, in that where possible, drivers are encouraged to take whenever possible public transport or car share. Any meetings with the company are carried out by telephone conference wherever possible, so as to not pollute the environment with traffic. I believe this makes a difference to the environment, even thou we are a small company which has few meetings and drivers that work alternative shift patterns.

“FORS and Tarmac take vehicle impact upon the environment seriously.” – Mark Crozier, Director.

All our vehicles are fitted with the latest 360 degree recordable cameras, near side proximity sensors and audible left turn alarms, Class IV,V, V1 Mirrors, Anti-collision manager, Lane Deviation, Overhead power cable detectors and flashing beacons on the cab of all vehicles, cyclist safety stickers to both the rear and sides of our vehicles.

Although County Supplies Ltd like to bring a small family company environment to the company, we have continued to implemented a recruitment policy that outlines that we need to look at employing younger drivers/employees and provide training to that particular role.

“The company take vehicle and driver safety as being paramount to leading safety.” – Mark Crozier, Director

We have learnt that by equipping both our vehicles and all our drivers to the highest safety standards that our accident rate has remained at zero over the past five years and has saved both time and money in reduced claims to the company.

Achieving Gold Accreditation will help us to continue to strive towards the highest road safety standards and that we are able to continue to maintain this safety record and protect the environment.


Incidents per 100,000 Kms

Number of PCNs

March 2014 – March 2015

5.4 0 0

March 2017 – March 2018

9.4 0


Percentage improvement 4% 0%


This year we have seen an improvement on our fuel figures, this we believe is mainly due to our Euro 6 vehicles and a driver understanding of eco driving.

All our drivers are required to fill in an in-depth medical declaration on an annual basis even though through the FORS Standards it is recommended every 5 years. It is mentioned in the driver’s handbook, which requires the drivers to report any change to the company and forms part of their contract of employment

The future plans of the company are to ensure we that our safety record continues to be to the highest standard, through driver training and fitment of vehicle safety equipment, while promoting the best use of vehicles so as to protect the environment in line with Tarmac policies.

Maintaining our Gold accreditation will help to keep the company to maintain these goals and help to improve our industry’s safety standards, whilst looking towards reducing our emissions through less polluting vehicles.