FORS freezes fees for fifth year running
FORS has confirmed there will be no increase to its membership subscription or audit fees during 2020, for the fifth year in succession.
FORS fees have now been fixed at the same rate since 2015, with the hold in membership costs announced as FORS enters its 12th year of operation.
Now with 5,000 members across the UK, FORS continues to provide evolving best practice for transport operators of any size and vehicle make-up, delivering an even broader range of training and services to meet their diverse needs.
The FORS 2019 Annual Review, issued this week, highlights the depth of the benefits now available to FORS members which support the progressive accreditation, including a new accessible eLearning course focusing on pedestrian safety, and
- Exclusive discounted fuel prices with FORS Fuel Expert fuel card offered through FORS Affinity Partner Fuel Card Services (FCS)
- An increase in the number of funded places on many mandatory training courses for drivers and managers
- A new mobile version of its popular Fleet Management System (FORS FMS) developed by software specialist and FORS Affinity Partner FleetCheck
- Access to FORS Fleet Tools, free online information system to help members accurately collate and manage fleet related data.
FORS Director, John Hix said, “As always, costs remain of huge importance to operators, so it is vital that FORS continues to ensure best value for our diverse membership base."
“Our members recognise the value-add FORS brings, with our recent membership satisfaction survey finding two thirds of members questioned stating that their business had received indirect benefits as a result of FORS membership.”
“Holding our fees at the 2015 level highlights our commitment to our members and recognises their continued investment in driving forward best practice with FORS.”
FORS 2019 - in figures
- 5,031 FORS Bronze audits were conducted, with an overall pass rate of 73 per cent, compared to 71 per cent in 2018
- 121,204 people completed the FORS Security and Counter Terrorism eLearning module
- 52,933 LoCity eLearning and 6,358 LoCity classroom courses have been completed
- One third of respondents highlighted the biggest indirect benefits of FORS were increased work winning over competitors and improved customer satisfaction.
- 47 per cent of members reported a reduction in the cost of their annual fleet insurance greater than £1,000
Mr Hix continues, “The initial pass rate at FORS Bronze during 2019 sat a very healthy 73 per cent, reflecting both the investment from members and the balance the FORS Standard has been able to strike, between being accessible, while offering far more than simple box-ticking.”
“FORS is an evolving programme which has maintained its position as the go to best practice accreditation scheme across the industry because it is able to adapt to the changing needs of the industry. We look forward to continuing this journey with our growing membership base in 2020 and beyond.”
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme established in 2008. It is open to UK and non-UK fleet operators, and to the organisations who award contracts to those operators.
With 5,000 members, FORS is now well-established as the go-to accreditation scheme for best practice.
About FORS Community Partnership
FORS is managed by the FORS Community Partnership, comprising:
- AECOM – a trusted FORS delivery partner. AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries.
- Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – the independent and highly respected professional Institute
- Fleet Source – the specialist fleet services support organisation responsible for auditing
The Partnership’s blend of commercial and industry-based organisations is fully aligned with the safety, efficiency and environmental values of FORS.
All three have a long association with FORS, over many years contributing to; the development of the Standard; the implementation of systems and scheme support; and the delivery of training and audit quality assurance.
Find out more: www.fors-online.org.uk
Download the FORS Annual Report here