London Borough of Southwark – Going for Gold

London Borough of Southwark – Going for Gold


Our job is to deliver lots of very different services to the residents and businesses in our borough. A few examples of the kinds of services we deliver are social care for vulnerable adults, council housing, looking after the borough’s parks and green spaces and making sure the borough is clean. Tracey Coleman, Transport Manager and our elected Fuel and Emissions Champion explains how important FORS is to our borough.

SOUTHWARK1We decided to go for FORS as best practice and it worked perfectly with our cyclist safety pledge.  When we looked at the requirements and benefits of joining the scheme we saw that they fitted in perfectly with our ethos of improving safety whilst complementing our drive to improve fuel efficiency and reduce our environmental impact

We passed our initial bronze assessment first time round, we were also given a few little pointers in best practice going forward.

Once we were bronze accredited we really made the most of the benefits on offer, such as the discounts available to us and the performance management tool. We decided to proceed to silver as we already had everything in place that was needed.

‘FORS has helped us achieve compliance and safety’

The benefit of being FORS accredited is so we can show the residents in our Borough how much we value their safety and that we will do as much as possible to protect them and our environment. Also in the Past 12 months, the council has noticed a vast improvement in fuel and tyre wear since we have had our FORS accreditation, “The savings speak for its self”.

 ‘We have reduced our incidents by 20% since our base year 2 years ago

 We have also invested heavily in vehicle safety systems such as 360-degree cameras, near side proximity sensors and audible alarms for all our vehicles. We have reduced our incidents by 20% and improved our MPG across the whole fleet by 2.1 MPG by making sure our drivers select the best possible route and reduced our Idling across the Fleet.

  Incidents MPG Across the Fleet
May 2014 – April 2015 53 28.5 MPG
May 2016 – April 2017 42 30.6 MPG
Percentage improvement 20% 7%

 Annual improvement in MPG and Incidents in the last 12 months!


 Gaining FORS Gold Accreditation shows how dedicated we are as a company to improving road safety and the safety of all vulnerable road users in London as well as nationally. We will continuously use what FORS has taught us to help reduce our carbon footprint and make the roads so safer for everyone that uses them. We have also managed to make a significant saving by reducing our fuel usage and improving our MPG. We have also reduced the amount of Co2 we emit as a company because of all the policies and procedures FORS has helped us implement.

Please note: All published FORS Gold case studies have been submitted by the accredited company named above and transcribed verbatim.