More than 200 businesses are already using a new range of online fleet tools created for members of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) by fleet software specialist FleetCheck and launched at the CV Show 2019 a month ago.

Available free to FORS members, there are three key elements to FORS Fleet Tools. A Fuel Tracker which allows fleets to record and track fuel use; a PCN Tracker which delivers management of penalty charge notices; and an Incident Tracker which provides the means to monitor incidents involving drivers and vehicles.

Paul Wilkes, FORS business services manager, said: “The new tools incorporate the latest thinking in fleet management and provide easy, reliable and effective ways for FORS fleets to manage key areas of their operations.

“This allows them to adopt more effective strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness while reducing their environmental impact, and provides evidence that helps towards their FORS accreditation.

“The reaction to FORS Fleet Tools at the CV Show was excellent and we are pleased but also unsurprised that so many fleets have adopted them so rapidly.”

The online tools – available at www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/fors-fleet-tools/ – is the second major collaboration between FORS and FleetCheck in the last 12 months. The first was the FORS FMS fleet management system launched in July 2018, which is now in use by 88 fleets totalling more than 4,000 vehicles. It is designed explicitly for FORS members seeking to gain and maintain their FORS Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditation as set out in the FORS Standard.

Paul added: “Fleets have been quick to recognise the potential of FORS FMS and the feedback from those that have started to use it is very positive. Over the next few months, we expect take-up to increase even further. This is a genuinely useful fleet tool.”

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: “We’re delighted to be closely involved with FORS and to provide technology that is directly targeted at helping their members operate their fleets more effectively. FORS is a very worthwhile initiative and our tools and software are designed to help fleets maximise its benefits.”

FORS FMS includes an online checklist which allows FORS members quick and easy access to the specific fleet data required for accreditation, a comprehensive data platform providing online document storage, an information portal and an advanced reporting suite.

An intuitive traffic-light system included in the software alerts users to calendar events such as MOTs, service intervals, driver training and licence checking. Operator licence criteria is also managed, with FORS FMS providing a wide range of additional tools.

There is also an accompanying, fully integrated, FORS FMS Mobile app for mobile devices, making it easy for drivers to carry out routine vehicles inspections, including the capability to report defects and to expedite maintenance requirements.

More information on FORS FMS can be found at www.FORS-FMS.org.uk.