FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has a number of members in Northern Ireland, with Deighan Transport now the first to achieve Gold level accreditation.
The highest level of accreditation that FORS offers, Gold operator status encompasses not only the demonstration of best practice but continual improvement of operations.
Peter Morrow, FORS Manager – Northern Ireland said: “This is an exciting milestone for FORS in Northern Ireland, and we congratulate Deighan Transport on such a significant achievement.”
Deighan Transport was established by Seamus Deighan in May 2000, and has since developed into one of Northern Ireland’s leading air freight specialists, covering the United Kingdom, Ireland and mainland Europe.
Having been a member for over three years, the company has seen significant improvements since it gained Bronze accreditation, and has been encouraged to train its drivers using FORS recommended training. The company currently has 6 tractor units and 11 trailers, and has improved its safety and efficiency using FORS guidance.
Seamus Deighan, owner of Deighan Transport, said of the achievement: “New customers have come on-board because they recognise the value of the FORS accreditation, and we know that as a Northern Ireland operator, we can travel around the UK and be at a nationwide high standard. FORS is more than a route to compliance, it shows dedication to best practice.”
FORS, designed to encourage safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly fleet operations, has over 4000 members across the UK and Europe. It recently launched its FORS Standard v4.0, ensuring that the Standard remains up to date with legislation and continues to promote best practice.