FORS & Crossrail Compliant Tankers
FORS Bronze, Silver and Gold
FORS is the acronym for “Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme”. It is an accreditation which has to be earned rather like an ISO accreditation.
Having operated much of our fleet within Crossrail compliance for some time, the natural progression for a company operating in excess of a hundred vehicles, was to seek accreditation to FORS.
It is aimed at both documenting and practicing diligent and safe fleet operation, by the employment of equipment and training of operators. The purpose is to clarify many aspects of their areas of prime responsibility.
Our drivers, for example, receive training out of the cab to improve their awareness. Putting the driver in the shoes of a potentially vulnerable road user (such as a cyclist).
The level of electronic safety equipment varies from level to level. At silver level, there is a minimum of four exterior cameras on board. There is also an automatic blind spot sensing system.
Hi-visibility LED signage is used to raise awareness among road users outside the vehicle of potential dangers.
Our Commitment to the Crossrail Project
Safety is often in the front light these days for both on the roads and on site.
For some time now, Tardis Environmental have been running a variety of vehicles which meet the standard of compliance required to work on the enormous Crossrail project in London.
Essentially, the vehicle safety systems are catering for what are called “vulnerable road users”. This includes both pedestrians and cyclists.
One of the most dangerous areas of vulnerable road user can occupy, is the inside or near side of an HGV. This is due to the many blind spots.
Crossrail compliance counters this danger with a variety of vehicle extras, which includes additional blind spot mirrors, Fresnel lenses and the use of Side Scan proximity system. As the name suggests, it senses when there is a person occupying the nearside blind spot. This then triggers an alert to the driver with an audible beep.
The system can also activate a TV screen in the cab allowing the driver to see and identify the potential danger.
A vehicle turning left presents the biggest danger to a person occupying the vehicle’s blind spot.
Compliant vehicles have a turn left audible warning which broadcasts outside the vehicle, warning of the turning manoeuvre.