As part of our ongoing FORS commitments and desire to progress further in the systems and criteria set out by FORS, we recently applied for and were successfully accredited with FORS Silver status for our Astley operating centre. This means that W.Howard Ltd not only meets, but exceeds the minimum standards expected from operators within the road haulage industry, both in terms of our 'O' licence obligations and the company's commitments to road safety and our environmental impacts.

Most of the requirements needed to progress to Silver were additional training of office & driving personnel working within the Transport department. Additional and improved vehicle safety features, such as cameras fitted to vehicles to improve the drivers views around the vehicle when manoeuvring and audible warning systems to indicate when vulnerable road users are in close vicinity of the vehicle. And finally, a desire to not only record driver and vehicle performance, but to actively seek improvements in driver behaviour and reduce fuel consumption levels, carbon emissions (CO2), nitrous oxides (NoX) & particulate matter (PM) expelled from our vehicles.

Having gained Silver status, this proves we have adequate and meaningful data recording tools that allow us to monitor driver and vehicle performance and our main aim from now on, in order to regain certification next year and so on, will be to show an ability to improve on our baseline data we have submitted.

Steve Greenhalgh (photo above), Group Logistics Manager said: "I would like to personally thank all members of the Transport team who have, in no small way, embraced the challenge and worked hard to ensure we collectively meet, and wherever possible, exceed the standards set out by FORS."