Baxle Ltd was formed in 2011 to provide a muck away service for the construction industry. In the following years we were extensively involved on the 2012 Olympics, Kings Cross redevelopment project, Crossrail, Battersea Power Station and currently the Northern Line Extension. There are many other projects we have worked on but these are the highest profile. Over that time Baxle has been awarded FORS Bronze accreditation from TFL and is regarded by DVSA as a Green Operator. In the past 4 years we have branched out into bulk transport for the recycling industry. This consists of moving scrap aluminium, stainless steel, iron etc. from recycling centres to processing plants. Paul Knowles, is our Company Director and Fuel Champion as he knows very well how important it is to keep running costs down while running a very safe and efficient Fleet.
We came across FORS when tendering for work across London. When we looked at the requirements and benefits of joining the scheme we saw that they fitted in perfectly with our ethos of improving safety whilst complementing our drive to improve fuel efficiency and reduce our environmental impact.
We take compliance and safety very seriously so we achieved our Bronze and Silver Accreditation first time. FORS did help us by providing training and tools that improved the policies and procedures.
The performance management toolkit really helped us set our targets for reducing our carbon footprint and improving our MPG. FORS has helped us improve our filing systems and procedures.
‘FORS has helped us achieve compliance and safety.’ – Paul Knowles Director
All our drivers have completed their Safe Urban Driving course and FORS E-Learning modules including Paul Knowles our Managing Director. We have also invested heavily in vehicle safety systems cameras, nearside proximity sensors and audible alarms for all our vehicles.
‘We have reduced our parking fines and charges by 50% since our baseline year.’ – Paul Knowles Director
We have reduced our accidents/incidents by 40% compared to our baseline year. We achieved this by making sure we always selected the best route possible to all our sites and we plan ahead before leaving the yard.
Number of Vehicles
Sept 13-Aug 2014
Sept 17-Aug 2018
|Percentage improvement||1.76%||40% Improvement||
- We get all my drivers to complete a comprehensive Medical Declaration on a annually basis even though the FORS Standard states once every 5 years. It’s also mentioned in the drivers handbook that if they at any point in time start suffering from a medical condition they need to notify the company ASAP as well as if they need to start taking medication prescribed by their GP or over the counter drugs. We will then investigate it to see if it’s still safe for the driver to be driving for the company and we may even ask the driver to get a letter from his doctor informing the company if he is still able to drive for the company. We will then start doing more driver assessments on the driver to make sure he isn’t a risk to the company or anyone on the road.
- We have a recruitment policy to try and help us recruit young drivers into the Transport industry. We are lucky in a sense as we don’t have to look for drivers because all our new drivers where recommendations from our other drivers or other companies we use. Because of the work we do, the drivers have to be trained to a specific standard before they can driver for us on our client’s sites. So, if they haven’t completed the relevant training then we would put them through it.
- We only have 1 Operators Yard and we only use the Operating centre for parking our lorries. We don’t do any loading/ unloading on site and all our servicing is done by main dealers at their sites not ours. The only noise generated is when my lorries are idling so we can carry out our defect checks. All my lorries have white noise reversing alarms fitted to them.
- We carry heavy equipment to and from construction sites across the whole country as well as waste soil and aggregates. We move anything from a digger to a crane. As we rely on our customers asking us to collect equipment from various construction sites across the whole country, we never know where we are going until they need us. Therefore we can’t afford to try and move anything via barge or train as we collect all the equipment from building sites and there is no other method than using a lorry and we then asked to deliver anywhere in the country. So using a Lorry is the most cost effective way of moving our clients goods. We are replacing all our lorries with Euro 6 enigines as and when they are due for replacement. We currently have 9 of our lorries Euro 6 and by the end of the year 44% of our fleet will be Euro 6. We have looked at electric vehicles and because of the weights we carry and the fact that our lorries have specialist equipment fitted no manufacture have produced an alternative fuelled vehicle that can carry the weight we do and go over the same terrain we do.
We will continue using what FORS has taught us to improve our MPG and reduce any wasted idling we might have.
Gaining FORS Gold Accreditation shows how dedicated we are as a company to improving road safety and the safety of all vulnerable road users in London as well as nationally. We will continuously use what FORS has taught us to help reduce our carbon footprint and make the roads so safer for everyone that uses them. We have also managed to make a significant saving by reducing our fuel usage and improving our MPG. We have also reduced the amount of accidents we had in our baseline year which resulted in our insurance company reducing our premiums.