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FORS Bronze

In the latest update to the FORS Standard, there has been no material change apart from the DVS Safe System for fleets entering and operating Greater London.

Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and tougher standards in the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) both come into force in London from 1st March 2021.

Both are monitored and enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

With other UK cities, such as Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton, introducing Clean Air Zones next year, also enforced by ANPR cameras, are we likely to see other cities implementing standards for HGV safety as well?

Will the DVS Safe System be used as an industry standard, and a requirement to achieve FORS Bronze across the UK?

What is required for FORS Bronze?

  • Class V mirror fitted to the nearside of the vehicle.
  • Class VI mirror fitted to the front of the vehicle.
  • Side under-run protection fitted to both sides of the vehicle, except where this is impractical or proves impossible.
  • External pictorial stickers and markings to warn vulnerable road users of hazards around the vehicle.

What is required for FORS Silver?

  • A close proximity sensor and audible driver alarm system to notify the driver of other road users in the nearside blindspot
  • Audible vehicle manoeuvring warning to alert vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning left
  • Audible vehicle manoeuvring warning to alert vulnerable road users when a vehicle is reversing
  • Recommended: Night Time Cut-Off Switch for use between 23:30 and 07:00
  • A camera system that monitors the nearside vehicle blind spot
  • Rigid goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight to be fitted with a camera system that monitors the rear vehicle blindspot
  • Recommended: Camera systems should also monitor the offside vehicle blindspot
  • Recommended: Camera systems should also be able to digitally record incidents and assist in driver training & development
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FORS Silver

Safety on worksites across the UK is a main priority, and safety systems on vehicles is reflecting this.

Whether you’re running a fleet of tippers transporting aggregates, mixers pouring on sites, or tractor units delivering to depots up and down the country, a FORS Silver accreditation shows the importance you place on safety, and will give your customers peace of mind they’re dealing with professionals.

FORS Silver safety requirements are also very similar to the requirements for working on HS2 site.

See our FORS Packages for help meeting the Silver standard.

FORS Gold

FORS Gold requires the same vehicle safety system as FORS Silver.

For FORS Silver, a tolerance in the number of vehicles fitted with camera systems may be accepted for vehicles registered before 1 January 2015. If this tolerance is permitted, older vehicles not fitted with camera systems shall be fitted with an alternative blind spot vision aid such as Fresnel Lens.

However, fitment of blind spot vision aids for vehicles registered before 1 January 2015 may be planned and evidenced in line with the operator’s fleet replacement cycle. This must be fully justified at audit.

What is required for FORS Gold?

  • A camera system that monitors the near-side vehicle blind spot.
  • An in-cab display screen to provide the driver with a view of the near-side blind spot.

Become FORS Compliant

Need help making your fleet FORS compliant? Speak with one of our commercial vehicle safety specialists today.