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New freight scheme is a FORS to be reckoned with

1 October 2006

Transport for London (TfL) is teaming up with the police and the freight industry to develop a new scheme which could reduce operator's costs by ten per cent while driving down road accidents and emissions in the capital.

The Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) set up by TfL's Freight Unit aims to offer incentives and other encouragement to freight operators who adopt best practice, while addressing illegal and dangerous road behaviour.

Around 70 operators will be involved in the scheme's pioneer phase, which started this month and runs until March 2007, to help TfL shape the best scheme for everyone.

They will get face-to-face guidance and support from experts on issues such as fuel efficiency.

Evidence from the Department for Transport shows that advice and training on journey planning and the way in which a vehicle is driven can cut operator's costs by up to a tenth.