FORS backs safety at Ciclovia Belfast 2020

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, will again participate at this year’s Ciclovia event in Belfast, to help give cyclists a clearer perspective on road safety, particularly with respect to commercial vehicles.

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, is a voluntary accreditation scheme dedicated to raising standards across the road transport industry. Now in its 12th year, FORS continues to provide evolving best practice for transport operators of any size and vehicle make-up, including HGVs, vans, passenger carrying vehicles, powered two-wheelers and cars.

During the event, FORS will display a truck loaned by FORS Bronze Member, McBurney Transport, with attendees able to explore the cab in order to see the road from a truck driver’s point of view and learn about the dangers of cycling in proximity to commercial vehicles.
Peter Morrow, FORS Manager for NI and Lyle Watson, Group Training Manager at Ballymena-based McBurney Transport will be on hand throughout the event.

Peter Morrow said:
“Ciclovia Belfast gives us a fantastic opportunity to meaningfully engage with cyclists here in Northern Ireland, with the activities planned a great way for children and adults alike to learn how to be vigilant especially when cycling in busy, urban areas.
“FORS’s key message is one of safety – for vulnerable road users as well as our members – and here we can provide a first-hand demonstration of the dangers that are present every day on the road. We’re also delighted to be in a position to affect the public’s appreciation of commercial vehicles and their operations in our towns and cities.”

With 5,000 members across the UK and Europe, FORS is a well-established transport industry accreditation scheme encompassing all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection. Fleet operators who join the scheme are required to adhere to a number of requirements as set out in the FORS Standard.

Rachael Harriott

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