FORS has reached a major landmark in its growth after J. Suttle Transport, a Dorset-based quarry operator and aggregates merchants, became the scheme’s 5,000th accredited member. The landmark completes a hat-trick of achievements this year – the 10th anniversary of FORS, and other significant milestones earlier this year, including topping 1,000 FORS Silver members and 250 Gold members.
“It’s a proud day for the FORS team, and all our members too,” said FORS Director, John Hix, “for everyone, in fact, who is connected with FORS and has worked tirelessly over the last 10 years to drive-up standards in the road transport sector. I can say confidently that there are 5,000 operators who are more efficient and more protective of the environment as a result of their FORS accreditation. But, above all,” he said, “I know we have made our roads safer for operators, for drivers, and for vulnerable road users and the wider public.”
This latest landmark cements FORS as the UK’s leading best practice accreditation scheme, and reflects the dedication and commitment amongst commercial operators to raise standards throughout the fleet industry.
Marking the milestone, John Hix, and Christina O’Keeffe (FORS Helpline team leader) were on hand to congratulate John Suttle at the company’s base near Poole, Dorset. Like the many thousands of companies before it, J. Suttle Transport is now accompanied by FORS on its journey towards exemplary levels of best practice.
“We were very pleasantly surprised when FORS told us we had become such a notable milestone marker,” said John Suttle, Director at J.Suttle Transport, “but more remarkable is the realisation that so many operators are reaping the benefits of FORS best practice. We’ve always adopted an attitude where safety is the priority,” he said, “and we’re looking forward to improving fuel economy and running a more sustainable fleet – all contributing towards greater productivity and a more efficient operation that will minimise our impact on the environment.”
He added, “We have a great team that is already achieving the demanding best-practice requirements in the quarrying, construction, and rail contractor industries. We want to further extend best practice into our transport operation which is vital to our business – and FORS is a key component. Achieving FORS Bronze,” he said, “is our first step on the road to operational excellence, and we are committed to progressing through the next stages.”