Remote audits

FORS offers two types of Bronze audits: on-site and remote.


On-site audit takes place at the operating centre you wish to accredit, remote audit is carried out via a weblink. Guidance on remote audit is available to help assist you through the process.

READ – the FORS Standard

The FORS Standard sets out the requirements you need to meet to attain and maintain your accreditation. Do not forget to read section 2 which includes important information. You must also read the FORS Standard in conjunction with the FORS Accreditation Guide and FORS Terms and Conditions. Click on the link below to access these documents.


WATCH – ‘Going for Bronze’ webinar

If you are preparing for your Bronze audit, the ‘Going for Bronze’ webinar is a great place to start – click below to access the webinar.

    Going for Bronze webinar

READ – the most common reasons for audit failures and tips on how to avoid them

PREPARE – evidence of how you meet the requirements of the FORS Standard

On the day of the audit, the auditor is required to see evidence of the systems and policies you have in place to manage each of the Bronze requirements set out in the FORS Standard. You will also be asked to demonstrate how you ensure your employees are aware of and adhere to the processes you have in place. Some examples of the type of records you will be asked to share are drivers’ eyesight checks, fitment of vehicle safety equipment, evidence of driver licence checks, policies, risk assessments and vehicle maintenance plans.

To prepare for your audit, we suggest you go through each Bronze requirement and demonstration carefully. We advise that you read the section below for some tips and advice on some key points. However, you must check the FORS Standard in detail to comply with all requirements – remember that mandatory elements are indicated by a ‘shall’. We have also compiled a list of FAQs relating to the FORS Standard version 6 to help you prepare for the audit. To access these FAQs, click here.

Remember to also read the FORS Accreditation Guide and Terms and Conditions so you are aware of what is required of you to achieve and maintain your accreditation.

Small Operator information

A small operator is defined in the FORS Standard (Section 2.14) as an organisation with fewer than five vehicles and fewer than five employees.

Although we encourage all operators to produce and maintain documented evidence of meeting the FORS Standard, small operators may demonstrate verbally that they meet certain Bronze requirements.

The information below lists each Bronze requirement and the way it must be evidenced at audit.

Please note the below list is not comprehensive, and it needs to be read in conjunction with the FORS Standard.

Additional assistance can also be found on our FAQ page.

COMPLETE – audit self-assessment

To ensure you are fully prepared for your audit, complete the ‘audit self-assessment’ to provide you with the confidence that you have met all of the requirements before requesting your audit.

    Audit self-assessment

Glossary of terms

Make sure you are familiar with the terminology used throughout the FORS Standard as some definitions are specific to FORS and may not match the definitions or interpretations used by other organisations.


Whilst many of the FORS Bronze requirements related to Operator Licence undertakings and other legal requirements, FORS accreditation IS NOT confirmation of compliance with GB Operator Licensing and other regulations relevant to fleet operations.

FORS accreditation does not protect operators from investigation or prosecution by the HSE, police, or DVSA or from appearing before a Traffic Commissioner at a Public Inquiry.

Traffic Commissioners welcome any scheme that promotes overall road safety. However, FORS operators that fall foul of the law are reminded that FORS accreditation or audit report will not be accepted as evidence by Traffic Commissioners or DVSA of Operator Licensing compliance.