FORS has updated its ‘FORS Vehicle safety equipment guide’ – a useful reference document designed to help operators meet the vehicle safety equipment requirements of the FORS Standard version 5.
The guide provides guidance on each requirement including the equipment that can be used and advice on the specification that this equipment should meet. The specific FORS Standard requirements for vehicle safety equipment are:
- Bronze V6 – Vehicle safety equipment
- Silver S6 – Vehicle safety equipment
- Gold G6 – Sustainable operations
Following dialogue with fleet operators and suppliers of close proximity sensors, the guide has been updated to say that proximity sensors should operate regardless of whether the direction indicators are activated and may switch off at speeds above 20mph, so as not to cause driver overload or distraction. This is to clarify that close proximity sensors that activate with a left-turn signal or turn off at speed are compliant with FORS Silver requirement S6.
The guide has also been revised following the launch of TfL’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) last week, to remind Bronze operators that, starting from 26 October 2020, all HGVs over 12 tonnes will need to meet a minimum ‘one-star’ rating under DVS to be able to operate in London. Vehicles that are either not DVS rated or rated at zero star will need to fit enhanced safety equipment in accordance with Silver requirement S6 to prove a ‘Safe System’ in order to obtain a permit. Operators can now apply for a HGV Safety Permit ahead of enforcement beginning on 26 October 2020, so do not leave until the last minute to apply.
For more information on DVS, click here.
To download the updated version of the FORS Vehicle safety equipment guide, click here.