Tube Lines is a London-based wholly owned subsidiary of TfL responsible for, maintaining, renewing and upgrading the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Line; with a substantial fleet of 1500 vehicles, and 44 haulage vehicles. Kevin King Haulage and Compliance Manager explains how FORS has spearheaded the implementation of initiatives to help improve the efficiency of operations within the company. Improvement in fuel utilisation and safety mechanisms on the vehicles are most evident through the FORS process. We want to lead from the front, acting as an example to all other London companies that FORS Gold is achievable.
Tube Lines was a founder member in the original working group that put together the FORS accreditation programme in 2008 and was awarded Bronze status. Tube lines have renewed their Gold status twice and have used this to help monitor its own policies and standards using the FORS criteria as a guide. Nineteen new trucks have been ordered ensuring the Work Related Road Risk (WRRR) requirements are included, all the latest driving aids will be fitted including four way cameras, recording and tracking devices are fitted to help aid the transport planners and drivers.
The new vehicles on order have followed the strong strategy put together by the dedicated team to ensure the companies criteria are met. After achieving Gold status last year Tube Lines continued to review all the requirements which were needed to achieve Gold. This meant analysing the data on fuel, fines and accidents, training the staff and reviewing best practice. By monitoring and investigating all these areas on a regular basis we were able to ensure our standards stayed at the high level that was required to achieving gold.
Over the past year Tube Lines has continued to train their drivers, each one has their own company logo in and are working through the five e-learning programmes through FORS, completing the standard CPC courses and attending the Safe Urban Driving course which refreshes their awareness of cyclists on the road, whilst continuing to do their other mandatory training. All the staff receive driving assessments which has seen an improvement in their skills, knowledge and awareness and helped to reduce fuel consumption, accidents and fines.
We have continued to review and reduce Penalty Charge Notice’s and any Night Lorry infringements. All Tube Lines routes have files for each round, providing them with valid information about restricted parking area. However, if a fine is received, the process at Tube Lines requires the individual at fault to pay. The enforcement of this has led to an increased awareness from the drivers which have seen a further 37.9% reduction in the number of PCNs from 87 to 33 in the past twelve months. We also have a more proficient recording system since achieving silver and gold awards which has allowed us to monitor and take action; it allows us to filter out recurrent events, offenders and hot-spots, whilst making drivers take more responsibility for their actions.
The graph demonstrates that in the the last twelve months fuel usage there has been an average reduction in fuel consumption. This is due to better planning of the vehicles routes and usage which has seen a continued reduction in fuel costs, the saving is not only due to newer vehicles which have better vehicle MPG but also allows a better purchasing price and a better control of fuel with our own fuel site. Tube Lines is ensuring all companies are FORS accredited through their procurement process and gate access checks. This data is being used and suppliers will be refused entry to TfL sites after a set period of time. This requirement has been built into every contract to ensure compliance. All new vehicles purchased must meet the latest FORS standards and is built into the specification to ensure compliance.