Cemex UK in full FORS in 2015
More and more Cemex Logistics subcontractors are becoming FORS registered or accredited
Great strides were made in 2015 by Cemex UK to ensure more subcontractors used by the company met the standards of the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS).
By the end of the year, 169 subcontractors in Cemex Logistics, covering aggregates, asphalt, bulk cement and building products, were FORS registered or accredited. While in ready-mixed concrete, where all the operators are independent haulier contractors (IHC), the Greater London fleet of 66 operators are all accredited.
For the ready-mixed business, a key element for their success in 2015 was working with FORS to instigate a quality management system which would help individual hauliers to achieve accreditation. In 2016 work will continue with IHCs who operate in major conurbations outside London.
In the aggregate and asphalt business, 150 subcontractors who transported over 65% by volume of aggregates and asphalt in 2015, were FORS registered or accredited. The target for 2016 is over 80%.
FORS is a voluntary certification scheme, run by Transport for London (TFL). Last month, TFL announced that there were more than 3500 registered accredited operators, highlighting ever increasing support for the scheme and commitment to raise professional standards.
Cemex UK joined the scheme in 2009 and in 2014 was one of only 22 companies to achieve the Gold standard nationwide. Reaching this level required Cemex to demonstrate that its 300+ Logistics fleet of aggregate, asphalt and cement vehicles and drivers were operating to the highest standards to manage road risk, reduce environmental impact and enhance operational efficiency.
“In 2015 for the 70 primary hauliers in our Aggregates and Asphalt businesses, we made FORS standards mandatory. In addition, health and safety audits with all contractors are now aligned with FORS standards to ensure we are consistently achieving a high standard as a fundamental part of our operations,” comments David Hart, director of logistics.
“2016 will see further implementation of this ethos. We only want to work with hauliers that have health and safety as a fundamental part of their business, helping to improve overall road safety and reduce the wider impacts of fleet operations,” concludes Hart.