SMMT - Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd.

03/05/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/05/2019 13:59

ND Brown trials FORS hire accreditation

ND Brown Ltd has become the first vehicle hire fleet in the UK to gain FORS Vehicle Hire Company accreditation.

This new type of accreditation - part of a trial by FORS (the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) - is specifically designed to enable hire and leasing companies to demonstrate that their vehicles meet the FORS Standard.

Under the trial accreditation, it is the hire vehicle itself which is covered by FORS accreditation, when used by a FORS accredited operator, and will allow FORS members using temporary hire vehicles to still meet FORS requirements.

ND Brown Ltd runs a nationwide fleet of over 550 specialist commercial vehicles, aimed at the Highway Maintenance and utility sectors.

Under the new accreditation, FORS members choosing to hire vehicles from companies with FORS Vehicle Hire Company accreditation will know the vehicles meet FORS Bronze or Silver requirements and are in line with their own best practice standards.

Paul Wilkes, FORS Business Services Manager, said: 'The nature of contractual work is such that many FORS members will use temporary vehicles to meet additional client demand, and so have been asking how these hire vehicles can be recognised as operating to the same standards as their own fleet. I'm delighted that ND Brown Limited is working with us to trial this new type of accreditation. It is testament to the company's long term commitment to safety standards that they have been able to meet the FORS requirements.'