Warton Freight Services is a family run business and has grown to be one of the capitals largest haulage fleets. Since starting in London’s East End in 1991 it has been providing Lorry Loader hire, and Contract Lifting solutions as well as transportation to the plant hire and construction industries. Steve Barclay managing director of the business says, “I will be the first to admit that I was skeptical in the early days but I am now totally convinced that FORS is the way forward, as a company we are all totally committed to upholding the standards laid out by FORS”. We first learnt about FORS at the end of 2011 as we were doing a lot of work on the Crossrail project, it became obvious that we needed to step up to the mark and show our commitment to the changes being asked of the whole of the transport and logistics industry.
We wanted to use the FORS standards to demonstrate our continual improvement, we have done this and more with the help of FORS. The comprehensive management system we had in place helped us to achieve the Bronze standard first time, following on from the Bronze assessment we were keen to progress to Silver, we achieved this in March 2013, we have just passed our re-assessments for both Bronze and Silver.
The FORS assessments have helped to identify areas where improvements to our original systems could be made, the FORS benchmarking tool enabled us to track our progress. We have a Telematics system fitted to every vehicle which has helped us to plan our routes more efficiently, reducing idling time and utilising our fleet more efficiently.
FORS has also helped us to better manage our driving licence checks by recommending Advanced Check, the FORS workshops and e-learning modules have also been a great tool for our staff, and we have also put all of our drivers through the Safe Urban Driver Courses (SUDS), in addition our vehicles are all fitted with additional features that exceed standard requirements, such as Side Scan Sensors, Turn Left warning systems, CCTV with 4 cameras and Fresnel lenses. We are totally committed to improving the safety of vulnerable road users, so much so that we are working with our safety equipment suppliers Brite Sparks Auto Electrical Ltd who are a FORS associate members to develop, produce and fit further safety equipment to our vehicles. Safety equipment includes LED warning signage and additional warnings alarms for turning right. All our drivers have attended Crossrail driver training courses and we regularly keep our drivers updated through tool box talks, poster campaigns and memos. Lastly vulnerable road user awareness training is a key element for all of our drivers.
Using the FORS bench-marking system and the materials supplied by FORS has helped us achieve a fleet figure of 9.0 MPG overall. We have also reduced our CO2 emissions by 59% overall by undertaking more local work.
|MPG||Incidents per 100,000 Kms|
|July 14 – July 15||9.9||0.05|
|July 15 – July 16||9.0||0.06|
Achieving the Gold accreditation has meant so much to us as we use the materials provided by FORS to continually improve our company. We are dedicated to making the company the best it can be and we are extremely proud of the commitment in all areas that everyone involved in our business has put in. We are always looking at new technologies to further improve our safety, fuel consumption, carbon footprint etc. In the last year we have moved to larger premises and increased our fleet size by a further 13 vehicles, we have also reduced the amount of longer distance jobs we do thus reducing the amount of fuel we use and our overall carbon output. The overall fleet MPG has suffered due to the amount of urban collections/deliveries we now do in stop start traffic.
We are continually upgrading our fleet with fuel consumption figures and safety features high on our list of priorities when choosing new vehicles. Achieving FORS Gold is the result of all of the hard work that the entire team have put in, our aim is to continue to do this in all areas of our business and be London’s best Haulier.