Cris Services UK Ltd (CSUL) is a haulage company based in London, N1C 4AU. We transport and distribute wet cement-mix within the M25-London orbital area. My name is Alin Gabor, I am the FORS Practitioner and fuel champion. During the last 12 months, CSUL achieved great results by improving its vehicle miles per gallon (MPG) usage by 53%.
In 2014, CSUL was introduced to FORS via a contractual requirement / agreement. Being FORS accredited is our top priority. Through FORS, we have achieved best practice processes and secured lucrative contracts.
CSUL failed the first bronze audit – we needed to show much more evidential information. We were able to make amends and became successful during the re-audit.
Once Bronze accredited, (Hanson UK) our main customer encouraged us to make progress to the Silver status. This required maintaining up-to-date management, operational, driver and vehicle records. This is now our Gold re-accreditation.
“Due to FORS accreditation, we are seen as showing commitment to high standards which is worth emulating”, Cris Calina, MD.
Alin Gabor – “Thanks to FORS, we managed very well during the difficult times”
CSUL has benefitted from FORS accreditation in several ways; we have increasingly networked with other FORS members (sharing resources), we enjoy lower labour turnover, increased staff morale and lower driver infringements. We focus on eLearning and practical workshops offered by FORS. Practical workshops make it possible for CSUL employees to liaise with other ally firms / employees.
Alin Gabor, FORS Practitioner – “Thanks to FORS, we are able to bid for new business and have won contracts in the London area”.
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Proportion of fleet that uses alternative fuels
- Driver health and fitness review – CSUL utilises the FORS D6 Health and eyesight toolbox talk material to communicate the essence of taking charge of self -fitness and -health while at work. We make available Healthcare surveys / questionnaires to drivers for 6-monthly assessment purposes. We support drivers based on medical advice received. We encourage drivers to have routine medical check-ups to secure their safety and that of the public.
- Recruitment of drivers – CSUL is registered with the Education Business Partnership Group scheme in Barnet College. We train students who aspire to become drivers. We currently have a young student who is training to become a professional driver.
- Noise assessment – FORS training has enabled our drivers understand the importance of reduced engine-idling, harsh acceleration / braking and smooth gear-change management. We utilise the latest hybrid euro VI engines with start-stop technology and enabled white noise alarm utilised during reversing. Hanson UK, our landlord has recently made available the positive noise assessment report for 2021 for our operating centre. This noise assessment is repeated every 4 years.
- Modal shift and alternative vehicles – CSUL did trial an electric-powered Heavy Goods Vehicle for feasibility purposes, with the intension to purchase. Unfortunately, there were no cost savings due to the nature of the products we delivered. We await the availability of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
We do have Euro-VI engine vehicles which utilise sustainable fuels that ensure lower carbon footprints. These fuels enable long service intervals of up to 200,000 kilometres.
Our future/continuous plans include further research and feasibility studies which include driver, vehicle and fuel management. We continue to look into alternatively fuelled vehicles (hydrogen & electric), and driver utilisations to include improved methods to monitor driver fitness and health. These plans would ensure that CSUL remains a prosperous going-concern.
We positively promote FORS by presenting the FORS logo on our letter-heads, out-going email messages as well as body-markers on all our vehicles. Our Bronze to Gold audit certificates are displayed on our notice board in full view of staff members and potential visitors. We abide by the flow-down clause as part of our policy regarding draw-down contracts with suppliers for drivers and other supplies.
It means a lot to Cris Services UK Ltd to maintain its Gold standard status: –
Our clients continue to appreciate our efforts in maintaining high levels of compliance.
It serves as confirmation that our transport management systems are up-to-date and usable for key performance indicators.
We continue to reduce our costs, reduce risks and increase savings.
We stay greener by seeking better ways to improve fuel usage and recycling methods.
We positively promote the FORS ideology, leading by example.
Our records look good to stakeholders (Corporate Social Responsibility).
It sums-up the benefits gained from FORS and the goals attained going forward.
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