Warton Freight Services is a family run business which has grown to be one of the capitals largest Haulage fleets. Since starting in London’s East End in1991 it has been Providing Lorry Loader hire, and Contract Lifting solutions as well as transportation to the Plant hire and construction industries. Headed up by Steve Barclay managing Director of Warton Freight Services Ltd, Warton’s are based in West Thurrock close to the M25 and provide Lorry Loader hire, and Contract Lifting solutions as well as transportation to the Plant hire and construction industries, Steve the company’s M.D, explains how Warton Freight Services have achieved reductions in fuel use, CO2 emissions, lowered NOx and Particulate Matter emissions they have also improved road safety, decreased Road traffic incidents and transport related fines/PCN’s since joining FORS.’
‘Our FORS journey started at the end of 2011 when we originally learnt about FORS while we were doing a lot of work on the Crossrail project, it became obvious that we needed to step up to the mark and show our commitment to the changes being asked of the whole of the transport and logistics industry’.
‘We already had a comprehensive Management System in place, this helped us to achieve the Bronze standard first time, following on from the Bronze assessment we were keen to progress to Silver as several of our customers were demanding it as a minimum stand
ard, we achieved this in March 2013, we continued to work towards Gold which we achieved in 2015 we have recently passed our fourth Silver re-assessment’.
‘Once we were Bronze we really made the most of the benefits on offer, in particular, the driver CPC training and FORS practitioner workshops, we also enjoy the benefits of driver licence checking by Advanced check’ (FORS accredited)
Rachel Boyce says ‘I really enjoyed & benefited from the FORS practitioner workshops, I gained my practitioners certificate earlier this year’.
We have appointed a company fuel champion and he has implemented several fuel saving initiatives such as an anti idling policy we have since seen improvements in our fuel consumption figures
Jason Lee (Fuel Champion) say’s ‘ it has been hard work to set up the policies and get everyone on board, but once implemented and managed correctly the results have been quite impressive’
our initial reason for progressing from Bronze to Silver was pressure from our customers, several of which had put in place a silver minimum standard as a pre requisite for hauliers working for them, once we took the plunge we found that the extra work we had put in was worth the effort, we decided that we should progress to Gold because every step we had taken so far had improved our business and our performance regarding incidents, PCN’s, fuel, emissions and general compliance, it was an obvious step for us to show how far we had progressed
Over the last year we have replaced several vehicles in our quest to be fully Euro VI by 2020, we have started to retrofit low-level door windows to ALL of our fleet vehicles, our aim is to complete this by the end of 2018, overall we have improved our fuel efficiency, PCN’s by 10%, unfortunately due to a few small incidents our incident per 100,000km level has increased, we are hoping that the fitment of the low-level windows and next generation four way camera systems that we are fitting this will reduce over the next 12 months
|MPG||Incidents per 100,000 Kms||Number of PCNs|
|July 2015 to July 2016||9.0 MPG||0.6||10|
|July 2016 to July 2017||9.9 MPG||0.92||9|
- Driver health and fitness is assessed by annual health checks in line with HGV D4 medical standard
- Warton Freight are members of and support the road to logistics and Job Centre Plus schemes
- All fleet vehicles are assessed for the amount of noise they make during their day to day work, measures such as air system silencers, low noise tyres and anti idling policies all help to reduce the amount of noise we make.
We are dedicated to making the company the best it can be and we are extremely proud of the commitment in all areas that everyone involved in the business has put in, we are always assessing and trialling new technologies to further improve our safety, efficiency, Fuel consumption, carbon footprint etc, we are retro fitting low-level windows to all of our existing fleet vehicles to further improve visibility from the driver’s position.
Maintaining our FORS Gold accreditation will re-affirm what we have achieved so far, our aim is to continue making improvements in all areas of our business and be London’s best Haulier.
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