London Goods Transport Ltd is a sub-contractor that transports aggregate materials for Aggregate Industries. Established in 2011, since joining the FORS recognition scheme, the company has made major improvements in the KMPL delivered by their fleet and have seen a reduction in carbon emissions since implementing the FORS practices into the company’s processes. Resham Dhillon, director London Goods Transport Ltd explains how FORS has been beneficial to their company.
We initially discovered FORS through communication with fellow haulage companies similar to ours who are already FORS accredited. Being told of the benefits of joining FORS from reliable sources encouraged us to then do further research on FORS. After seeing the extensive resources FORS has to offer on their website we were convinced that FORS would be able to help our company improve and grow.
London Goods Transport Ltd achieved both their Bronze and Silver accreditation first time round. By achieving these accreditations we were encouraged to keep up to date with any new driving modules or courses FORS has to offer as we felt the training we provided our drivers through FORS helped improve our fleet as our drivers had more road and vehicle knowledge in comparison to their knowledge prior to joining FORS.
Furthermore, after achieving the FORS Bronze and Silver accreditation we then aimed to achieve a Gold accreditation with FORS and we were successful. By being consistent with our driver training and taking full advantage of the wide range of courses and modules such as the e-Learning Cycle Safety module and Safe Urban Driving course, we were able to become Gold accredited.
‘After becoming FORS Gold accredited it helped us secure more business deals as it improved our company’s credibility as a fleet.’ – Resham Dhillon
Moreover, not only has the driver training improved out fleet, but the wide range of toolkits FORS has to offer has also helped make a significant difference in our business. In particular, the Fuel Use tracker proved to be very useful as it monitors our fleets fuel usage, KMPL and CO2 output. Having this information helped us see where our fleet needed improving and also helped us see whether we did make improvements after implementing new methods and techniques to improve these factors.
‘With the help of FORS e-Learning modules and courses, our drivers are now much knowledgeable and confident on the road.’ – Resham Dhillon
After seeing the benefits of becoming FORS Gold accredited we are encouraged to renew our Gold accreditation by continuing to implement the FORS practices and methods into our fleet in order to reassure to our clients that we are operating at our full potential.
In the last two years, we have increased our annual KMPL by 148%% thanks to FORS.
|KMPL||Incidents per 100,000 Kms||Number of PCNs|
|Jan– Dec 16||1.05||1||7|
|Jan – Dec 17||2.61||0||2|
At London Goods Transport Ltd, we ensure our drivers health is at its peak in order to ensure the safety of the public and our drivers themselves. We certify our employees’ health is at its peak by requesting employees to complete a health questionnaire declaring that they are fit to work. We also ask for employees to have their eyesight checked every 6 months as poor eyesight is a major road risk.
When London Goods Transport Ltd is looking for new recruits we like to advertise online. In our recruiting advertisement we offer possible recruits a two-week buddy plan if they have no prior tipper vehicle experience. This buddy plan allows the new driver to adapt to their new driving environment safely with the help of a more experienced driver.
With the use of the FORS toolkits and driver training modules and courses, as a fleet we were able to improve on our vehicles noise pollution. One of the techniques learned from FORS was to turn off our vehicles engines when stationary for long periods of time. This method also helped us save fuel and therefore helped our company save money.
Our aggregate materials must be kept at high temperatures therefore our vehicles must have a PTO system and an insulated body. Currently there are no other alternate vehicles suited for our mode of work that is more beneficial to the environment however we will continue to keep informed of any possible alternative vehicles that we can use in our fleet instead of our current vehicles.
At London Goods Transport Ltd we plan to continue utilising the FORS e-Learning to ensure our drivers are driving with the best skill set and road knowledge as doing this has proven to reduce road risks. We also plan to keep up to date with any improvements made in the tipper vehicle industry to see if any alternative, more environmentally friendly vehicles are made available for our mode of work.
In order to ensure our fleet is carrying out the best practices we would like to continue to be FORS Gold accredited which would then reiterate to our clients that we are a reliable business and will also help us secure more business contracts with new clients. Moreover, continuing to be Gold accredited will encourage us to keep implementing the best techniques in order to be more environmentally friendly.
Please note: All published FORS Gold case studies have been submitted by the accredited company named above and transcribed verbatim.