FORS Bronze Requirements

Use the FORS Bronze Requirements checklist to ensure compliance with the UK's FORS standards for the first level in vehicle safety and operating practices.

FORS Bronze Requirements



FORS Bronze Requirements

1. Do fleet operators have a current written management manual which covers all the mandatory requirements of the FORS standard and has been reviewed at least annually by senior members of the organization?


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2. Do fleet operators have a description of the responsibilities and authorities of, and links between, senior management and daily operations personnel, including the person having continuous and effective responsibility for the transport operations?


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3. Do fleet operators have a formally appointed qualified, trained, and experienced person who runs daily transport operations?


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4. Do fleet operators hold all regulatory licenses necessary for their operation (where applicable)?


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5. Do fleet operators demonstrate that company policies are communicated to staff?


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6. Do fleet operators have their fleet management system reviewed by senior management at least every 12 months, including the FORS standard requirements?


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7. Do fleet operators demonstrate that senior management reviews result in positive changes to the business and such changes themselves are reviewed?


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8. Do fleet operators have a fully functioning complaints system that feeds into decision-making and ensures that any legal and non-legal action against the company is reviewed and reacted to, in order to prevent recurrence?


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9. Do fleet operators ensure that sufficient qualified, trained, and experienced staff are in place to run the operation?


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10. Do fleet operators have a process for keeping up to date with developments in the industry?


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11. Do fleet operators have an equipment inspection and maintenance plan that is carried through and recorded?


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12. Do fleet operators ensure that vehicles are checked before each shift?


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13. Do fleet operators ensure that all specialist equipment (if a requirement of the operation) such as speed limiters, tachographs, tanks, and lifting equipment (cranes, tail lifts, etc) is inspected, calibrated, serviced, and recalibrated according to legal and/or manufacturer’s requirements?


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14. Do fleet operators hold a minimum of third-party insurance or self-insurance for the whole fleet, employers’ liability insurance held for the business, and consider ‘public liability’ and ‘goods in transit’ and any other relevant insurance specific to the actual operational activity?


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15. Do fleet operators ensure that the appropriate vehicle excise duty is paid for all applicable vehicles (and trailers where applicable)?


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16. Do fleet operators ensure that vehicles are safely loaded and that appropriate load restraints are used?


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17. Do fleet operators risk-assess the potential for persons to fall off vehicles and for unauthorized access to vehicles and take mitigating action where appropriate?


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18. Do fleet operators risk-assess, mitigate, and control where appropriate risks from vehicle maneuvering including driving forward, reversing, towing, uncoupling, and parking?


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19. Do fleet operators record and react to fuel and tire usage?


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20. Do fleet operators ensure that licenses and qualifications are checked by a competent person/authority prior to driving a vehicle and at least every 6 months?


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21. Do fleet operators expect that anyone driving on business shall drive within the Highway Code and company policy at all times and pay particular regard to other road users?


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22. Do fleet operators ensure that staff knowledge/training requirements are understood, implemented, and recorded?


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23. Do fleet operators have policies in place to not cause or permit a driver to use a mobile phone or other distractive in-vehicle technology?


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24. Do fleet operators ensure that road driving risks and workplace transport safety are controlled via a working health and safety policy and that vehicle-specific driver health and safety advice is given to drivers?


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25. Do fleet operators ensure that driver health is managed?


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26. Do fleet operators have policies and procedures to manage both drivers’ hours and total working time for all (where applicable)?


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27. Do fleet operators record and monitor all driving infractions and take remedial action to minimize future recurrences?


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28. Do fleet operators ensure that the most efficient, safe, and appropriate vehicles and routes are used?


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29. Do fleet operators effectively deal with the causes of fines and charges incurred?


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30. Do fleet operators ensure that specialist goods such as waste, dangerous goods, and abnormal loads are handled and transported in compliance with the appropriate regulations?


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31. Do fleet operators ensure that incidents, traffic collisions, and reported near-misses are recorded and that staff and vehicles are properly assessed before returning to the road?


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32. Do fleet operators ensure that insurance claims are reviewed and reacted to?


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33. Do fleet operators ensure that all records are adequately retained and controlled, specifically including driving events?


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