D White Haulage is a franchise haulier for tarmac based in Hayes, Middlesex and have been trading as a sole trader for 12 years. Danny white the owner driver of the company explains how D white haulage has improved driver training and fuel economy through FORS.
We first heard about FORS through our work with tarmac some years ago, since then tarmac and a number of other companies request at least FORS bronze to carry out work on their behalf and when we researched it more we could see the benefits FORS would bring to the business such as driver training and fuel economy improvement.
We passed the bronze audit the first time around and this encouraged us to keep all of our records up to date and organised and also keep up to date with the latest training courses.
After getting the bronze accreditation we made the most of the benefits on offer in particular the e learning facilities, I also attended the lo city driving and safe urban driving FORS funded CPC courses.
‘Since becoming FORS accredited we have seen savings in fuel economy of 3.7%’ D white owner
We found the safe urban driving course particularly useful and informative as you get to see the road from the cyclistss’ point of view and understand the dangers they face, we have also seen an improvement in fuel economy and the lo city driving course and e-learning module were particularly useful in helping to achieve this.
‘Driver training is made so much easier with the FORS website as all the courses are in one place and easy to find’ Danny white
Once we were bronze we decided to progress to silver and gold because we could see the benefits it would have on the business, not only in getting more work but with improving fuel economy, driver awareness and making us a more efficient operator all around.
We are proud to maintain our zero incidents and PCN record for the third consecutive year and have seen a 2.4 % increase on our mpg over the last 2 years
|MPG||Incidents per 100,000 Kms||Number of PCNs|
*Annual improvement in MPG and Incidents per 100,000 Kms
The health and fitness of any drivers we use is taken seriously, any driver whether casual or regular is required to fill out a health declaration notifying us of any underlying issues, these are done every 2 years, we also do eyesight tests every 6 months.
Due to the small size of the company we don’t have a specific recruitment policy, however when a new driver starts with us they are given a 2 week buddying program designed to ensure they are fully trained to carry out their role, we also fund any CPC training required to keep them up to date with all the latest courses.
Drivers are aware of measures that can be taken to reduce noise, especially when working at night and we have a noise risk assessment in place, which drivers read and sign to make sure they understand the implications things such as leaving the engine running can do to the local environment.
For the type of work, we carry out there are currently no alternative vehicles available to us, due to the use of PTO systems, insulated bodies and high load capacity. We monitor industry news regularly to see the latest developments and I’m sure in the future alternative fuel vehicles will be available to our industry.
We aim to make continual improvements to the business and are currently in the process of ordering a new euro VI truck to improve fuel use and economy. We are also continually reviewing safe working procedures, and driver training as ultimately this will help us become a better and more efficient company and hopefully allow us to expand in the future.
For D white haulage being gold accredited would mean we are achieving the best possible practice. The training courses and toolkits on offer from FORS ensure we can stay up to date with all the latest news and changes to the industry. Going forward we want to continue to reduce harmful emissions and the impact we as a company have on the environment.
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