In 2012 there were 14 cyclist fatalities in London, with 5 involving Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), including skip or tipper trucks. This highlights the urgent need to reduce the dangers posed by HGVs to cyclists in London.
Transport for London (TfL) is committed to improving the safety of all Vulnerable Road Users on London`s roads, and as such have implemented an organisation-wide initiative to ensure that all businesses working for or on behalf of TfL take measures to improve the safety of their vehicles. It is now mandatory for all new and existing contracts, for contractors and their sub-contractors who deliver to a TfL premises or site to adopt these Work Related Road Risk cycle safety requirements.
Failure to meet these requirements could result in vehicles being turned away from site and this could be considered a breach of contract, resulting in the contract being terminated.
A number of organisations have introduced these contractual requirements including the London Legacy Development Corporation and Network Rail with others such as Vinci Construction and Costain planning to introduce them.
Fors and Apollo
In October 2013 Apollo Distribution Solutions (Sheffield) Ltd were proud to gain FORS accreditation.
August 2014 this was upgraded to Silver due to our commitment to road safety, the environment and efficiency.
What this means;
All our drivers have completed the ‘Safe Urban Driving’ course and are committed to improving safety on the road for all road users.
We are now a Crossrail-compliant company and authorised to make deliveries onto any Crossrail site.
All our drivers are trained in Defensive and Green Driving in order to make the roads a cleaner and safer place for all who use them.
We now have a company wide quality management system which embraces an ethos of 360o review and a cycle of continuous improvement.
In order to maintain this accreditation we are externally audited on an annual basis.
To find out more, click on the link to the FORS website.