FORS announces fee reduction for operators

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In a measure it says is designed to assist fleet operators during the UK’s current health emergency, FORS (the Fleet Operator Recognition Sceme) has announced that it will reduce its annual subscription fee for new and existing members from 1 March.

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, FORS says it has helped members maintain their focus on best practice, including the provision of free training courses for drivers and fleet managers, and a move to remote auditing.

FORS had previously frozen annual fees for operators for five consecutive years, saying ‘we have strived to deliver some financial respite that’s fair to all members at a time when the transport and logistics sector has sustained considerable commercial hardship.’

Fee reductions will apply to all existing members renewing their membership, and to anyone registering with FORS, from 1 March, with revised costs calculated according to fleet size.

FORS started in 2008, and had frozen its subscription fees across the board every year since 2015. “We have worked hard to maintain our service levels during the health crisis,” said FORS Director, John Hix, “and we have strived to deliver some financial respite that’s fair to all members based on their fleet size and regardless of whether they are new to the scheme or existing members. 2020 was extremely tough for many in the transport sector, and only now are we seeing genuine signs that the movement of goods by road could return to normal levels in the second half of 2021.”

He added: “Our members already know that FORS best practice can deliver real operational savings, and I urge all operators to maintain their focus on safety and efficiency.”

Operators of 1-5 vehicles will see a £5 reduction; 6-10 a £20 reduction; 11-25 a £30 reduction; 26-100 a £50 reduction and those running over 100 vehicles will see fees fall by £100.