Becker Transport established in 1965, a specialised transport company operates as a 3rd generation family owned business run from one of five warehouses based in Stevenage Hertfordshire. Becker provides a dedicated door to door service without the need for transhipping or hub activities therefore providing a seamless distribution service tailored to our customers needs. Becker has been a FORS member since September 2013 and since the implementation of FORS Becker has seen reductions in fuel usage.
We came across FORS as a contractual condition from MACE and Crossrail, as a SME with both ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations we thought this would be the next step in our continual improvement as a company.
We passed our initial Bronze assessment first time and immediately started making the most of the benefits available to us as a bronze accredited company. Following on from how the Bronze audit went and to comply with our larger customer requirements we opted to go for the silver accreditation in November 2013 this went seamlessly. The next logical step to demonstrate our dedication to improving road safety of all vulnerable road users was to go for gold; we successfully became a gold accredited company in February 2015.
Since becoming FORS accredited Becker have continually worked to improve our fleet of vehicles adding proximity sensors, rear facing cameras, near side cameras etc to our vehicles in the objective of reducing the number accidents and improving the working environment of our drivers. We have utilised fully FORS online training tools and have provided Tool box sessions to our drivers relating to the following matters Cycle safety, Bridges & Tunnels, Anti-idling, Driver Behaviour, Driver Fitness, Routing and planning, Safe loading and Unloading and Security. All of our drivers and transport management have completed all four elements of the online FORS E-Learning. To increase our driver awareness of vulnerable road users all our drivers and managers completed the cycle confident Safe Urban Driving course back in March 2015.
‘All our drivers have completed all modules on the FORS E learning in addition to completing the cycle confident Safe Urban Driving course back in March 2015.’
Since becoming a member of FORS, we have seen a yearly improvement to our fuel consumption. Over the period 2016 to 2017 we have managed to increase our vehicle MPG usage by 8.73%. Training, tool box talks and an in house anti idling campaign have all assisted in increasing our vehicle MPG consumption over the period 2015 – 2016. We at Becker Transport see the continual improvement in terms of fuel consumption as part of our corporate social responsibility, maintaining our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment.
By reducing our mpg consumption we have been able to generate savings as a company and these saving have been invested into improving our fleet safety.
‘Over the period 2015 – 2016 we have managed to increase our fleet’s MPG by 8.73%.’
The known weight that a FORS membership holds within our industry is immeasurable. We at Becker transport wish to play our part in a long list of companies that take their fleet management and safety seriously. To maintain our FORS Gold standard in our 50th year trading would be an achievement proving the continual professional service that Becker aim to provide and our dedication to the road safety of all vulnerable road users.
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