KCS Haulage is a family based business established over 30 years ago. Over the years the company have grown through the exceptional services that they provide to their customers and take pride in doing the work quickly, efficiently, in a professional manner. Managing Director Colin Marshall explains how the FORS standard has supported the operation to maintain the high standards expected within the industry.
“As we are based so close to Heathrow airport, a good percentage of our work is airside and the FORS standard is a well-recognised brand. We were prompted to join the scheme four years ago knowing that once we gained accreditation it would open doors for further contracts where it was mandatory to be an accredited member of the scheme.
We had our first bronze audit four years ago and being a well organised and compliant company, we passed first time, prompting us to work towards silver accreditation knowing that once we had achieved this it would make way for further contracts with large reputable companies such as BAA and Balfour Beatty.
Once we became an accredited FORS bronze member, we took full advantage of the training and management tools on offer to further improve operational efficiency, improving our knowledge and awareness of environmental impact, encouraging us as a company to make steps towards reducing the fleets emissions.
Since joining the scheme 4 years ago FORS has equipped us as a company to continue to grow in the heavy haulage industry, allowing us to work for some of the most well-known construction companies in the UK. With our operating centre conveniently situated so near to Heathrow airport, we have gained access to various projects there and in this respect FORS with its focus on maintaining robust quality fleet management has contributed to ensuring we continue to work on such contracts.
“Implementing FORS systems via management tools and e-learning has equipped the company to meet the high standards expected in the industry” Colin Marshall – Managing Director
Working in busy environments such as Heathrow airport we felt it is beneficial to implement improvements with regard to driver training and vehicle safety features to work towards minimising any incidents that may occur, fault or non-fault. With gaining FORS bronze accreditation and moving onto silver, it helped to point the company in the right direction to implement such improvements. All drivers have attended a FORS safe urban driver workshop to give them a better understanding of vulnerable road users and are now progressing with FORS e-learning modules. In addition, all of our vehicles are now fitted with 4 way camera systems to minimise driver blind spots.
As a result of the driver training undertaken and the introduction of euro 6 trucks to the fleet the fleet has shown a steady increase in mpg and a reduction of blame worthy incidents as reflected in the table below.
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We will continue to utilise all training material on offer trough FORS as we feel this has had a positive impact on both company incident rates and fuel usage of the fleet. We have already made steps to upgrade the fleet with newer fuel efficient vehicles and will continue to replace older vehicles with euro 6 trucks in the coming future and always look for ways to reduce fleet fuel usage by means of accurate and precise route planning and fuel efficient driving.
KCS Haulage Limited is proud to be a silver accredited member of a scheme that continues to evolve and support operators in setting high standards in road safety. Gaining gold accreditation will continue to add value and raise the status of the business opening doors for further contracts to create further growth and higher turnover allowing us to invest into the company with newer euro 6 trucks and the latest vehicle safety equipment. As a company we will continue to embrace the benefits of FORS to develop our knowledge in improving road safety standards and protecting the environment in the work we do.”
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