McGee has successfully retained its Gold status under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) for the third consecutive year – proving that the company is leading the way in their ongoing commitment to safety, environmental impact and efficient fleet management.
With over 4,000 members, FORS promotes best practice for commercial vehicle operators. The Scheme encompasses all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve performance.
Ash Gami, Transport Manager – Compliance, commented:
“We’re extremely proud to have retained our Gold status for another year. Through our progression from Bronze, to Silver and Gold over the years, we have been able to achieve exemplary levels of best practice.
“We are continually reviewing our vehicles, driver behaviour and processes to ensure we continue to improve.” Some of the improvements McGee has implemented are highlighted below:
- Through the introduction of an Anti-Idling Policy, savings have been made across fuel and Co2. All new vehicles have anti-idling devices fitted to stop idling when waiting in traffic or on site.
- Reducing risk to vulnerable road users through a driver training strategy, which includes completion of the Safe Urban Driving course. McGee also maintains a close working relationship with the Metropolitan Police by supporting the award-winning ‘Exchanging Places’ programme.
- Investment in an array of vehicle safety systems, fleet management and vehicle technology.
- Through improved planning and selection of better routes, McGee has improved MPG from 9.2 in 2015 to 9.7 in 2016.
- Reduced accidents by 84% and PCN’s by 31% by making sure drivers select the best possible routes (Jan 16 to Jan 17 in comparison to Jan 15 to Jan 16)
- Working with University students to seek fresh new ideas when it comes to advancements in vehicle safety.
Being part of FORS has helped McGee improve its fleet management, reduce its carbon footprint, whilst making the roads safer for everyone that uses them.
One of the key benefits of being a FORS accredited company is access to fully funded training. Ash Gami, along with Kevin Murphy, McGee’s Transport Manager – Operations, both gained their FORS Practitioner qualification last month, having completed all nine modules of the FORS programme.
Kevin Murphy, McGee’s Transport Manager – Operations said:
“The workshops have been invaluable, providing myself and Ash with greater awareness of industry developments and best practice, and further knowledge of current and future legislation. The workshops also cover safe, green and efficient operations which have helped us to keep striving to maintain and progress our FORS accreditation.”
Photo L-R: Ash Gami, Transport Manager – Compliance and Kevin Murphy, Transport Manager – Operations, pictured at McGee’s Plant & Transport Yard in Colnbrook, Slough.