Glen Davies, Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)

Glen Davies homeGlen Davies has been employed in logistics and transport all of his working life. He has been working on the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) since 2007 where he led the initiative at TfL for nine years alongside delivering a range of environmental and safety projects with the freight and fleet industry.

In particular, creating the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (CLOCS) initiative, and more recently developing the new LoCITY programme to stimulate the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles.

Glen Davies now leads on special projects in the fields of freight transport, city logistics, environment and safety at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). The CILT is a member FORS Community Partnership, responsible for its governance, standards and industry engagement.

Presentation: RiSC – Reducing road risk in Supply Chains

Raising road safety standards throughout public procurement is vital and road risk in organisational supply chains needs to be significantly reduced. Both public and private bodies have the buying power to help reduce road risk within their supply chain. This can be achieved by ensuring suppliers fulfil road risk obligations.

Around one third of all serious and fatal road collisions involve someone driving for work. And yet work-related road safety is not recognised in supply contracts in the same way as workplace safety.

It is evident that change is needed to help improve the safety of all road users, but particularly pedestrians and cyclists. Reducing the risks posed to vulnerable road users through the contract is a simple step that any organisation with purchasing power can make. Procuring responsibly means adopting ethical measures but should include the management of any activity that has the potential to cause harm.

The way has already been paved by the construction industry, and provides a clear framework which can be followed. To maximise success the campaign to reduce road risk in supply chains requires collaboration, consistency and collective buying power.

RiSC aims to normalise the employment of safe fleet operations through the common application of contractual road risk requirements. These include:

• Safer management: meeting the standard of an approved independent fleet management audit

• Safer drivers: confirming drivers are medically fit, trained on road risk and driving licences are checked through DVLA

• Safer vehicles: ensuring vehicles are roadworthy and fitted with safety equipment to help protect vulnerable road users

By implementing simple, cost effective control measures in existing responsible procurement practices demonstrates that road risk is considered, is being managed and will ultimately save lives.