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2,500th FORS Practitioner credits training with reducing fuel spend

FORS Practitioner training has been credited with dramatically reducing fuel costs for Bournemouth Courier and Logistics, as its director qualifies as the 2,500th FORS Practitioner.

Edward Wateridge, director and transport manager at the Poole-based haulier recently become the 2,500th FORS Practitioner to qualify, meeting the highly respected industry standard for road transport management training.

Speaking of the qualification, Edward Wateridge said his FORS Practitioner status has helped his business improve efficiency working practices, especially in relation to driver behaviours and fuel use.

“FORS Practitioner training ensures that the person responsible for best practice is able to instil that philosophy throughout every aspect of the business.

“For us, the Safe and Efficient Fleet Management and Reducing Fuel Use and Minimising Environmental Impacts FORS Practitioner workshops have had the most impact. We have reduced our engine idling dramatically and improved driver behaviour, which has had a positive effect on the environment, and also on our bottom line.”

FORS Practitioner status is granted following completion of a series of ten detailed workshops designed to help operators meet the requirements of FORS, and embed best practice within an organisation, to deliver tangible safety, environmental and commercial benefits.

The 10 workshops, currently delivered online and open to all FORS members, provide a complete package of fleet management learning, including managing work related road risk, safe and efficient fleet utilisation, reducing fuel use and minimising fines and charges.

Wateridge added: “We now look more closely at the environmental aspects of our business, and how we can improve on them. We monitor three key areas of driver behaviour; engine idling, vehicle speed and harsh braking, and review this information monthly to see how we have reduced fuel wastage and learn how we can continue to improve.”