DVS, FORS and CLOCS are initiatives concerned with fleet operational quality which impacts and drives the safety of our roads for vehicles, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.
Overlapping and integrating in these spaces is vehicle tracking and telematics, underpinning vehicle location, driver behaviour and providing suitable equipment.
DVS or Direct Vision Standard
The aim of the Direct Vision Standard is to reduce the high number of deaths and injuries resulting from collisions involving HGVs and people walking and cycling.
It does this by objectively measuring a HGV driver’s direct view and awarding the HGV a star rating from zero (poor) to five (excellent) which is indicative of the level of risk to people walking and cycling near the vehicle.
As of October 2020 all HGVs (above 12 tonnes) entering London require a Safety Permit and to obtain this permit the vehicle must comply with DVS standard achieving a minimum one star rating. As a result many older vehicles will need to be modified with specific equipment/devices. Do you need to get ready for DVS? click here to check.
Failure to comply will result in fines against both vehicle and driver. Want to know more about DVS and whether it affects you? click here to see our DVS compliant Safety System equipment or contact us.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators. Its purpose is to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonstrate which operators are achieving.
Aiming to provide assurance that an operation is being run safely, efficiently and in an environmentally sound manner to potential customers. It has three levels of accreditation achievement for fleet operators: Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. You can not get Gold without first going through the rigour of Bronze and Silver.
Use of the FORS logo means you can distinguish FORS operators from other operators. FORS also accredits suppliers as Associates, Affinity Partners and Pre-audit Service Providers and it\'s standards informed the DVS initiative developed by TFL. Essentially the DVS (Direct Vision Standard) ‘Safe System’ is the same as the Vehicle Safety Equipment requirements from the FORS Silver accreditation (FORS standard v5).
CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety) provides a best practise national industry standard for its members: the regulators (planners, traffics authorities), clients, principal contractors and fleet operators (delivering to and from sites) involved in any construction work.
Its mission and primary goals are to ensure the safest construction vehicle journeys, zero collisions between construction vehicles and the community, improved air quality and reduced emissions, fewer vehicle journeys and reduced repetitional risk.
Aiming to warrant all journeys are compliant with the CLOCS Standard by addressing management, driver, vehicle and operations issues.
FORS and CLOCS work together, to keep compliance simple. If you work in the construction industry and operate vehicles, FORS Silver accreditation will ensure you are CLOCS compliant.