Coventry University has become the first ‘seat of learning’ in the UK to achieve membership with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
With a fleet of 26 vans, two fleet cars and a single minibus, Coventry University’s need to benchmark its own fleet safety mindset was “key” when identifying FORS as a best practice partner.
The accreditation was attained in early July and was given shortly after FORS reached its 5,000th member milestone.
Coventry University’s grounds and distribution manager Stephen Beasley said: “Our vehicle fleet is at a size now where we needed to introduce an operational standard.
“We recognise that transport isn’t our ‘raison d’être’ but our vehicles carry our livery, and it’s very important that our excellent reputation in the education sector is represented out on the road and in front of the wider public.”
The University will explore training opportunities available through FORS Professional, with a view to progressing to a silver accreditation.
FORS’ director John Hix said: “We’re very excited to see Coventry University become the first FORS Uni and to adopt FORS best practice into its management infrastructure.
“I believe it will pave the way for other universities to consider their own transport arrangements – many, like Coventry, with sizeable numbers of vehicles.
“Moreover, it shows the scheme has grown beyond its traditional transport-sector roots, proving that it can offer tangible benefits to any organisation that is serious about increasing safety, boosting efficiency and promoting care for the environment.”
Pictured: Coventry Univeristy driver Luke Forster