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LeasePlan UK first to trial new FORS vehicle hire accreditation

LeasePlan UK has become the first van leasing company in the UK to gain FORS Vehicle Hire Company accreditation.

Chris Black, commercial director at LeasePlan UK

Part of a trial by FORS, the new accreditation is specifically designed to enable hire and leasing companies to demonstrate that their vehicles meet the FORS Standard and is being trialled at LeasePlan UK for both its short-term lease fleet and longer-term lease vehicles, which meet the FORS Bronze requirements.

The new FORS Vehicle Hire Company accreditation is being implemented as a new type of FORS Associate status, whereby the company is assessed against the FORS requirements relevant to the supply of vehicles. This means evidencing activities such as the correct policies and procedures are in place and ensuring that the vehicles are maintained and managed to the mandatory FORS requirements.

To qualify, vehicle hire companies must prove their vehicles are equipped with the FORS mandatory safety equipment and are maintained and managed to the relevant FORS requirements.

From an end-user fleet perspective, the new FORS Vehicle Hire Company accreditation will help accredited FORS operators meet requirements set out in the new FORS Standard which stipulates that short-term temporary vehicles employed by FORS operators must be FORS accredited.

As such, the new type of accreditation adds value for existing FORS members.

Paul Wilkes, FORS business services manager, explained: “Many FORS members will use lease vans within their operation. Although FORS does not specify any mandatory safety equipment for vans it is important for us to be able to recognise where suppliers are meeting the same standards and best practice as FORS operators who own fleets. I’m delighted that LeasePlan UK is working with us to trial this new type of accreditation for the van leasing sector.”

Chris Black, commercial director at LeasePlan UK, commented: “We are proud to have been recognised as the first van leasing company in the UK to gain FORS Vehicle Hire Company accreditation. It gives confidence and assurance to our customers that our vehicles are maintained, managed and meeting the highest standards set by FORS.

“As one of the largest CV leasing companies in the UK, it’s very much part of our long-term commitment to drive up standards and help commercial vehicle operators across the country run efficient, safe and compliant fleets.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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