Axle Haulage Ltd, established in 1988, operates a modern, mixed range of haulage vehicles from 6 strategically based operating centers throughout the United Kingdom. We provide both an effective and competitive sustainable transport solution on a nation-wide and regional basis for the Civil Engineering, Construction, Rail and Manufacturing Industries.
Barry Jordan managing Director of the business says, “We first learnt about FORS at the end of 2011 as we were doing a lot of work for the Crossrail project contractors, it became obvious that we needed to start working to the FORS standards and show our commitment to the changes being asked of the whole of the transport and construction logistics industries”.
We wanted to use the FORS standards to demonstrate our continual improvement. We have done this and more with the help of FORS. The Management System That existed at the time 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 2017 re-assessment for Silver, the FORS assessments have helped to identify areas where improvements to the existing systems could be made, for instance FORS has helped us to better manage our driving licence checks by recommending Advanced Check.
We have Telematics systems fitted to every vehicle which has helped us to plan our routes more efficiently, reducing idling time and utilising our fleet more efficiently. The FORS workshops have been a great tool for our staff, and we have put all of our drivers through the Safe Urban Driver Course (SUDS) as recommended .
The FORS benchmarking tool has enabled us to track our progress since the first bronze audit. Our vehicles are all fitted with additional features that exceed standard requirements, such as Side Scan Sensors, Fresnel lenses, Turn Left and Right warning systems and CCTV with 4 cameras with hard drives for recording, we are totally committed to improving the safety of vulnerable road users, so much so that we are working with our safety equipment suppliers Britesparks who are FORS associate members to develop, produce and fit further safety equipment to our vehicles, we have had low level N/S door windows installed to further enhance safety. All drivers have attended Crossrail driver training and other DCPC courses, we also keep our drivers regularly updated through tool box talks, poster campaigns and memos.
Using the FORS benchmarking system and the materials supplied by FORS, has helped us achieve a 14% increase in MPG from 9.10MPG to 10.36MPG overall, with the new vehicles we have also reduced our CO2 emissions by 15% overall and incidents per 100,000kmare down by 60%
Retaining the Gold accreditation would mean so much to us at Axle, 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 the business has put in, we have used the materials provided by FORS to continually improve our company, we are always looking at new technologies to further improve our safety, Fuel consumption, carbon footprint etc. We are continually upgrading our fleet with fuel consumption, emissions figures and safety features high on our list of priorities when choosing new vehicles, we are currently trialing a 7500kg Diesel electric hybrid vehicle from Mercedes with a view to adding this technology to our fleet. Achieving FORS Gold will affirm what we have achieved so far, our aim is to continue making improvements in all areas of our business and being a first choice haulier for all of our present and future customers.
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