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Travis Perkins gains industry first for transport

Builders merchant group Travis Perkins PLC is amongst the first vehicle operators to be awarded the Gold Standard of Transport for London’s Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

Travis Perkins gains industry first for transport

The scheme aims to improve freight delivery in the capital.

Travis Perkins Group had to meet industry-leading performance criteria by demonstrating a track record in improving its sustainability. This included operational targets based on reducing CO2 emissions and vehicle incidents, improving efficiency and maintaining high levels of health and safety.

The company was recognised for its high levels of safety, efficiency and environmental responsibility, including initiatives that have reduced CO2 emissions by more than 2.4 million kilograms and vehicle incidents by more than 85%.

In particular, the Group initiated an anti-idling campaign in 2009 using vehicle tracking that has achieved a three-year saving of 2.4 million kilograms of CO2, equating to more than a 3% reduction in fuel usage. Meanwhile, over the past ten years vehicle incidents have reduced dramatically from an average of 4.5 per vehicle per year to just 0.6, achieving a 10% year on year cost saving during this period.

Ronald Searle, group transport risk & compliance manager at Travis Perkins PLC said: “Gaining the Gold Standard is recognition for all the effort across the business to raise operational standards and adopt best practice procedures in terms of health and safety, environmental responsibility and overall fleet performance. It is our intention to build on this achievement to ensure we continue our hard work moving forward and to continue to raise the bar that little bit higher.”

Glen Davies Freight Development Manager for FORS said: “Our aim is to raise standards by educating and encouraging fleet businesses to follow best practice, rather than focusing purely on keeping within the law. Travis Perkins Group has demonstrated its commitment to becoming safer, greener and more efficient, so this achievement is not only well deserved but also a leading

example to other organisations operating within London.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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