Revised FORS standard – looking out for vulnerable road users (VRUs)

Revised FORS standard – looking out for vulnerable road users (VRUs)

On 8 July, we announced the new FORS Standards which are being introduced on 13 October 2014 for existing operators and with immediate effect for those registered from 9 July or re-instated from 9 July.

As mentioned in our previous eNews, over the coming months we will highlight some of the key changes and provide more detail to allow you time to prepare for the new standard:

New vehicle safety features required

As part of the continual safety improvements to the FORS standards, new safeguards for VRUs have been introduced at bronze level (under standard V7 Vulnerable road user safety). This is to ensure the probability and severity of under-run collisions and close proximity incidents with VRUs is minimised. The requirement for additional safety equipment to be fitted is imposed to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight.

The equipment includes:
– prominent signage to the rear of the vehicle to visually warn other road users not to get too close to the vehicle;
– side-under run protection to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight that are exempt from fitment;
– class VI mirrors to be fitted to all vehicles where they can be mounted, with no part of the mirror being less than two metres from the ground.

Please note you cannot have part accreditation of your fleet – FORS bronze is for all the fleet operated for the particular operating centre being audited.

If you have any questions regarding the recent changes to the FORS standards please check our FAQ document regarding these changes for further guidance.

A full copy of the revised standard and terms and conditions is now available on FORS online.