Herts Traffic Management are based in Watford, Gatwick, Braintree, Winchester and Rochester supplying Temporary Traffic Management to the construction, utility and allied trades industry. Mr David DeMore, Fleet Compliance Manager, explains what and how Herts Traffic Management have achieved whilst maintaining and improving the high standards required in the Traffic Management industry with the assistance of FORS.
Herts Traffic Management have achieved reductions in fuel use / reduced CO2 emissions, lowered NOx and Particulate Matter emissions, by keeping a modern fleet of vehicles along with improved their road safety record, decreased transport related fines and charges through FORS’ Workshops and online eLearning.
We first came across FORS as a contractual condition when bidding for a particular contract. We realised it would benefit us further when tendering for work across London with a number of large construction and utility companies. When we looked at the requirements and benefits of joining the scheme we saw that they suited Herts Traffic Management and perfectly suited our mindset of improving safety whilst complementing our drive to improve overall compliance and help with our environmental impact.
Herts Traffic Management was pleased when they submitted and passed their initial assessment first time round. This gave us the encouragement to keep on monitoring and improving our systems, policies and company procedures. During the process Herts Traffic Management found the FORS team to be helpful, professional and realistic with the achievements that had to be met within a commercial business.
“Same Road Same Right. Respect and be Respected” – David Demore Fleet Compliance Manager.
Once FORS Bronze was achieved we really made the most of the benefits on offer, in particular the performance management tool/driver and the CPC training/practitioner. We decided to take things one step further and started the process for the Silver accreditation, which was first achieved in June 2015 and achieved again in 2016 & 2017. As a result of this accomplishment, we have increased our client base and workload, leading to expansion of our fleet and employing more staff. We also have access to a wide range of benefits and discounts provided as part of the FORS scheme workshops/ driver licence checking.
“Let’s look out for each other and stay safe, and get back home today” – David Demore Fleet Compliance Manager.
We have implemented and seen improvements with the safety of road users whilst Herts Traffic Management are carrying out installations in vulnerable areas. An example of this is where we recently carried out works in central London and placed extreme emphasis for cycle users above and beyond requirements to reiterate safety. I feel our drivers have seen the benefit and improved their standard of driving from completing the eLearning. Once we were Bronze we decided that we should progress towards Silver and ultimately Gold. This would help us improve and maintain a high level of road safety, encourage Herts to reduce our environmental impact and allow Herts to tender for specific contracts.
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*Annual improvement in MPG and Incidents per 100,000 Kms
- Herts Traffic Management has implemented Occupational Health Screening for all employees. Health surveillance ongoing health checks that may be required by law for employees exposed to particular substances or hazards in the workplace. Additional support for staff to maintain a healthy life style
- We encourage and welcome all types of workforce from different back grounds into the Traffic Management industry by promoting full on the job training to Lantra Qualifications. Along with up grading their driving licence entitlement to progress within an elite industry.
- Noise assessment – elaborate on measures taken to reduce noise pollution during driving, parking, loading or unloading, using the most up to date equipment available to compile with environmental advantages
- A plan has been put in place along with a Green Fleet policy to renew all company cars with Hybrid cars.
In order to make continual fleet improvements we have looked at getting LNG HGV vehicle but it is not available for Safety Vehicle Impact Protection Vehicle (IPV) for use in traffic management, we will however introduce PHEV vehicles in to our car fleet within the next year as cars get replaced. Along with every driver to complete the LoCITY eLearning course. Which is part of our green fleet policy which was inspired by FORS.
Achieving and maintaining Gold means that we can hold our heads high in the Traffic Management industry helping to make London and home counties a safer place. It shows that we are prepared to invest in London making it a safer and happier place to live and work.
“FORS is now a fundamental part of our business, not just for the direct benefits, we can achieve as a business, but as an indicator of the standards we work towards. Our membership of the FORS scheme is now an essential part of our tendering procedure, and we encourage our suppliers to be part of FORS as a basic requirement, and we apply the method statements and company policy’s, that we have developed via the scheme to all of the companies Depots, not just in London”.
Please note: All published FORS Gold case studies have been submitted by the accredited company named above and transcribed verbatim .