Sunbelt Rentals Retains FORS Gold Status for the Whole Fleet
news 04 Feb 2020
Sunbelt Rentals has successfully retained its Gold Status with Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). This is under the new Standard version 5 as a Whole Fleet Accreditation (WFA) company right across the UK.
Version 5 came into force in January 2019 and to meet the strict criteria our employees had to undergo further driver training. LoCity Driving is a theory-based training course that focuses on reducing emissions and managing the impact that vans and HGVs have on the environment.
Under the new standard, last year we also upgraded our fleet of HGVs (those which we’re registered after Jan 2015) to feature a nearside camera, this investment totalled £50,000.
Sunbelt Rentals was one of the first equipment rental companies to secure the accreditation and we are now one of over 5,000 accredited members, which drives best practice across the fleet industry.
FORS encompasses all aspects of safety, efficiency and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve their performance. Sunbelt Rentals employs a dedicated team to specifically monitor and report on vehicle telematics and training requirements, to ensure their ongoing compliance.
The successful renewal of our WFA and Gold Status demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement, safety, the environment and driver training. The WFA has helped us become safer, smarter and greener by improving vehicles, drivers, management and operations. We have extensive driver training programmes in place and as we have progressed through the new standard, we have trained in excess of 1,000 Sunbelt Rentals drivers who are now driving to the new FORS standard.Mathew Smith, Head of Transport for Sunbelt Rentals