Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (3)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Freight companies being in legal compliance is a minimum requirement of membership of the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme, with companies losing their membership if they fail to meet this requirement. The Freight Plan makes clear that the Commercial Vehicle Education Unit has a lead role in ensuring legal compliance and monitoring it. Who will take over this function?


Answer for Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (3)

Answer for Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

FORS bronze membership requires an operator to demonstrate that they are using best practices to ensure (as far as reasonably practicable), that they would be highly unlikely to be prosecuted or other enforcement action taken in the unfortunate event that they were involved in a collision or incident affecting personal safety.

Each of the enforcement agencies in the FORS partnership: the Health & Safety Executive, Metropolitan Police Service and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, undertake legal compliance testing and monitoring as part of their normal activities.

If a FORS member is subject to enforcement action from any of the partners, information is shared with the FORS partnership to ensure membership is either revoked or an improvement action plan issued. This arrangement remains unaltered by the change in funding for the Commercial Vehicle Education Unit.