With less than a week until the latest FORS Standard launches, ProVision is reminding commercial fleet operators of how its CameraMatics and new ProVision Go mobile app solutions maximise risk management, compliance and road safety.
The updated FORS Standard, which comes into effect on 14 January 2019, places larger focus on vehicle equipment and technology, which it recommends that fleet operators make use of. The scheme now also recognises online and cloud-based systems as equal alternatives for storing documents such as completed safety checks.
To achieve the initial FORS Bronze accreditation, fleet operators must have access to every bit of information on their fleet. This includes registration details, location of vehicles, and the total number of vehicles and trailers. ProVision Go allows fleet managers to easily and safely store this information in one central place. It can then be retrieved at anytime and anywhere.
In addition, operators must show that they implement walkaround checks at least once daily per vehicle, as well as have a procedure to ensure roadworthiness and serviceability. This extends to a policy and procedure for maintaining and monitoring tyre roadworthiness, covering tyre selection, pressure and tread depth.
This is where ProVision Go’s Checklist Manager, enabling fleet to can create personalised checklists to make these checks as easy and efficient as possible. Drivers can then complete the checks on their phones, while fleet managers can review and approve any repairs.
At a base level, the new bronze level standard allows fleet operators to make use of strategically placed cameras in place of mirrors to protect vulnerable road users (VRUs).
In order to achieve FORS silver accreditation, companies must show evidence of managing road risk – which lies at the heart of ProVision’s entire product range.
The new requirements and recommendations for silver accreditation also place a stronger focus on vehicle safety equipment. This includes systems with multiple cameras and a monitor to show blind spot areas. It extends this further with a recommendation for recording equipment (DVRs) for larger vehicles – all of which are offered by ProVision’s CameraMatics solution.
Mervyn O’Callaghan, managing director at ProVision CameraMatics, said: “Since vehicle cameras started to become popular many operators looked at them purely as ‘crash cams’. However, we have promoted the safety and compliance benefits of cameras and DVRs from the very beginning and our solution has been proven time and time again to be highly effective in these areas. We are therefore delighted to see the technology receive the recognition and acceptance it deserves under the new FORS Standard.
“The new ProVision Go app is the latest addition to our package and, with the launch of the new Standard only a few days away, it could not have come at a better time.”