Mobile Mini, has successfully achieved a gold level award for its growing fleet of HGV delivery vehicles, in the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), an initiative operated by Transport for London and assessed at Mobile Mini’s London depot.
The voluntary accreditation scheme, which aims to drive up standards amongst commercial vehicle operators throughout the UK, requires fleet operators to demonstrate meaningful improvements in safety, environmental impact and efficiency in order to be awarded the gold level.
This is the fourth year running that Mobile Mini has achieved a FORS Gold Award – a first within its industry, proving that the company are leading the way in their ongoing commitment to safety and effective vehicle management.
The award is perfectly timed as Mobile Mini has acquired a further eight new Scania lorries in 2016, taking their total fleet to 50 mounted loader crane vehicles, one of the biggest of its kind in the UK.
Chris Watcham, Health and Safety Director for Mobile Mini commented, “We’re extremely proud as a company to have achieved gold level for another year running. FORS first came to our attention back in 2012, when we noticed an increase in customers requesting it as a contractual condition when delivering to their sites. It has since been the catalyst to our advances in vehicle technology and focus on our people and processes.
“Through our progression from bronze to gold over the years, not only have we met our customers’ requirements, but there have been real commercial benefits for Mobile Mini. These include improved safety, greater fuel efficiency, reduced road-related incidents and consequently lower motor insurance premiums.”
Chris added, “Once Gold was achieved the challenge we’ve faced is how to continue to improve and exceed the standards already achieved but we are constantly reviewing our vehicles, driver behaviour and processes. In particular this year further accessories have been fitted to our vehicles, including upgrading our camera and sensor systems, making it even easier for the driver to keep everyone safe”.
Mobile Mini is further investing in people and has recently recruited Kevin Buckler as National Transport Manager to oversee the entire UK transport operation and further improve safety, reduce costs and increase quality measures.
Photo: Kevin Buckler, Mobile Mini’s National Transport Manager.