Catering equipment transporter gains safety recognition

Keith Elkington Transport will truck over to Commercial Kitchen for the first time.

Catering equipment logistics firm, Keith Elkington Transport, has been awarded Bronze Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) accreditation.

FORS is a voluntary code of conduct that companies who operate a fleet of vehicles can adhere to. The scheme aims to improve fleet activity throughout the UK and is applied to vehicles in excess of 3.5tonnes.

The accreditation came after a strict audit that took into account a raft of issues relating to how the Keith Elkington Transport fleet operates.

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This included detailed checking of their driver compliance both tachographs and licensing, managing occupational road risk, vehicle servicing and defect process, insurance, driver training and recruitment of qualified staff.

In addition FORS also looks at the vehicle technology and accident prevention equipment that each vehicle is fitted with. The audit also required the company to be able to prove that it had policies in place to cover all these aspects of the business.

A large part of the FORS accreditation takes into account the thoroughness of drivers during their pre-use checks. Keith Elkington Transport was required to provide evidence of the checks that its personnel complete before leaving their warehouse and also the risk assessment that the company has in place to cover its staff as they work around their vehicles.

Speaking about the award commercial director, Keith Elkington said: “We are extremely pleased to have received our Bronze standard FORS award. This industry recognised accreditation means that the company can continue to tender for prestigious projects in London and other major cities.

“As the catering industry’s leading transport provider we pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service to all our clients, but we can only do this if our staff are supported and helped to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.

“The FORS accreditation means that we are able to show how seriously we take the safety of our staff whilst they are at work and also the importance of ensuring out fleet operates safely when we are out on the road.”

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