Kentsley Transport has been in business for 28 years as a sole trade. The Company have always worked with Tarmac and currently have two 32000 kg Tipper Lorries. The company is based in Radlett and has two drivers. We are engaged in taking away plainings on behalf of Tarmac as well as hauling aggregates on behalf of them too during the daytime. The company have an operation in place and operate exclusive for Tarmac which include working on contracts for TfL and CVU.
We first heard about FORS through Tarmac. We looked at the benefits of joining the scheme and we saw that these were standards and ethos that we wished to adopt of improving the safety for both our vehicles and drivers.
We take safety very seriously, so we achieved FORS Bronze accreditation and then went onto applying for our Silver Accreditation which we achieved in May 2017.
FORS has helped benefit by us being able to achieve better standards through their driver training programme, both classroom based and through e-Learning modules, along with FORS toolbox talks. This has led to all our drivers having a better understanding of road safety and raised their awareness of the needs of other vulnerable road users. Our accident rate has been at zero over the past five years through raising the awareness of our drivers and increasing our vehicle safety equipment.
“FORS training is paramount to continuing our excellent zero accident rate over the last 5 years.” – Mick Kentsley
All our vehicles are fitted with 360 degree cameras, side cameras, near side proximity sensors and audible left turn alarms, Class IV,V, V1 Mirrors, lane departure warnings sensors, overhead power cable sensors, weigh loaders along with flashing beacons on the cab of all vehicles, cyclist safety stickers to both the rear and sides of our vehicles.
All our drivers have completed Safe Urban Driver courses and have completed all the FORS E-Learning Modules.
Although only a small business, we have recently implemented a new recruitment policy that outlines that we need to look at when employing younger drivers/employees and provide training to that particular the role.
“FORS has helped us to ensure our drivers are trained to the highest standards.” – Mick Kentsley, Owner
We have learnt that by equipping both our vehicles and drivers to the highest safety standards that our accident rate has continued to stay at zero over the past five years and has saved both time and money in reduced insurance claims.
As a way forward we are looking to buy new 32 Tonne vehicle, this will also be equipped to the highest safety standards and will be Euro 6 complaint
Achieving Gold Accreditation will help us to continue to strive towards the highest road safety standards and that we are able to continue to maintain this safety record while protecting the environment.
“We take our driver training and the environment very seriously. ” – Mick Kentsley – Owner
Once we had gained our Bronze accreditation we decided to go for the Silver Accreditation in May 2017 as we were already doing everything required of us to gain Silver accreditation. Once we were at Silver we decided to show best practice and be able to stand out from our competitors.
We have continued with our zero accident rate over the past five years which has reduced our insurance premiums.
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Number of PCNs
April 2012 – March 2017
April 2012 – March 2017
*Annual improvement in MPG and Incidents per 100,000 Kms
All our drivers are required to fill in an in-depth medical declaration on an annual basis even though through the FORS Standards it is recommended every 5 years. It is also mentioned in the driver’s handbook, which requires the drivers to report any change to the company and forms part of their contract of employment. Once the driver informs the company, this would lead to an investigation and if we felt the driver was unfit to drive, we would require medical evidence from the drivers Doctor informing us that they were fit to drive. The company would only allow the driver to driver once we had received the letter. The driver would then be subject to recommended reviews, until we were satisfied that they we fully fit to drive.
We have recently implemented a recruitment policy to the company, that outlines that we as a company are committed to employing young drivers/employees where possible and training them into that role.
The future plans of the company are to ensure we that our safety record continues to be the highest standard, through driver training and fitment of vehicle safety equipment.
All our future vehicles will continue to be equipped to the highest safety standards also, while paying attention to the environment. All our drivers will continue to be trained to the highest standards possible.
Achieving Gold will help the company to work towards these goals and help to improve the industry’s safety standards, whilst looking towards reducing our emissions through less polluting vehicles.