M S Cheema London Ltd – Going for Gold

M S Cheema London Ltd – Going for Gold

M S Cheema London Ltd is a Franchised Haulier with Tarmac Ltd. M S Cheema London Ltd is an independent, family owned business providing a number of top quality aggregate solutions, across South West London. Based at Hounslow in London we supply waste management services for construction, building and large scale civils projects across the UK. Specialising in waste disposal services for Tarmac. Avtar Singh, our Managing Director is our elected Fuel and Emissions Champion and he explains how important FORS is to our Company.

We have kept our accidents to zero and reduced our parking fines and & charges to zero which is a 100% improvement compared to our baseline year while increasing our MPG across the fleet by 4.7% for the same period.

ms sWe came across FORS when tendering for work across London. As we only work for Tarmac, they requested we join FORS ourselves. 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 take compliance and safety very seriously, so we achieved our Bronze and Silver Accreditation first time. FORS did help us by providing training and tools that improved our policies and procedures.

The performance management toolkit really helped us set our targets for reducing our carbon footprint and accidents. We also have regular managerial meetings to discuss our fuel usage and try and find out where we could make more savings. FORS has helped us improve our filing systems and procedures.

‘FORS has helped us achieve compliance and safety’ Avtar Singh Managing Director.

I only have 1 X 32 tonne Tipper and it’s fitted with 360 degree cameras, near side proximity sensors and audible turn left alarms, Class IV, V, VI Mirrors, Fresnel Lenses, Flashing beacons on the roof of our cabs, cyclist safety stickers. I have completed all DCPC training and Safer Urban Driving courses, I tapped into the FORS network of training providers and safety equipment providers to save money. I  have also completed the FORS e-Learning modules

‘We have kept our Accidents to zero in the last 12 months while reducing our parking fines & charges to zero which is a 100% improvement compared to our baseline year’ Avtar Singh Managing Director

Once we were Bronze we decided that we should progress to Silver because we were already doing everything that was required for the Silver accreditation in particular my lorry had all the safety equipment fitted and I have already done the Safe Urban Driving Course. Once we were Silver accredited we decided to show best practise and make ourselves standout from our competitors and go for the Gold accreditation.

  • We have reduced our parking fines & charges by 100% compared to our baseline year and we also kept our accidents to zero which meant our insurance premiums also reduced. We hoping to improve on our Carbon Footprint by making sure our I select the best possible route to our sites and reduce my Idling too.



MPG Number of Accidents Number of PCNs
Jun 15 – May 2016 8.92 0 1
Jun 16 – May 2017 9.34 0 0
Percentage improvement 4.7% 0% 100%

*Annual improvement in MPG and PCN’s per 100,000 Kms

  • I complete a comprehensive Medical Declaration on an annual basis even though the FORS Standards recommend once every 5 years. Its mentioned in the drivers handbooks which also forms part of my contract of employment that it is my responsibility to inform the company ASAP if I develop any medical conditions or are prescribed any medication that might affect their ability to drive. If I had informed the company that I take any medication or had a new medical condition I would investigate it and if i feel i need to get a letter from my GP informing me that I’m fit to drive again. We will only let me drive a company vehicle once I have received a letter and given it to the company. We would then decide on how often we needed to asses my driving ability and how often going forward.
  • I’m the only Director, Driver and Transport Manager. I have no plans to employ any other driver or increase my fleet. If I want to retire I will just sell my lorry therefore I don’t need to look into recruiting new drivers because I’m not going too.
  • I have no work carried out at my operating centre as all servicing etc is carried out at main dealers. As a tipper vehicle I never need to do any loading/ unloading in my operating yard as I leave my yard empty go to site, collect waste then dispose of it and bring an empty vehicle back at the end of the day. The only noise is generated is while I let my vehicle idling when I am doing my defect checks. Other than that, there is no other noise on site.
  • Unfortunately, as I have a 32 Tonne Tipper lorry, I’m currently unable to replace my vehicle with an Electric or Hybrid lorry. But if I replace my lorry again before I retire I will be looking at replacing it with the Euro 6 engine and that will have a huge impact in reducing my carbon footprint and increasing my MPG.

ms 22I’m looking at the new low entry cab and seeing if I should replace my current vehicle with one if I ever decide to replace my lorry before I retire. But again, looking at whole life costs, it’s not cost effective for me because I only have one lorry and I’m looking at retiring before I need to replace my lorry again’

Achieving FORS Gold Accreditation shows how dedicated I am to improving road safety and the safety of all vulnerable road users in London as well as nationally. I will continuously use what FORS has taught me to help reduce my carbon footprint and make the roads so safer for everyone that uses them.

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