Month: July 2015

Over £1.5 billion of investment awarded to upgrade motorways in England

Highways England has appointed six joint-venture companies to design and build 10 ‘smart motorways’ across England as part of a £1.5 billion investment.

Three of these projects will start in autumn this year: 2 in the Midlands – M1 junction 19 to junction 16 in Northamptonshire and the M5 Junction 4a to Junction 6 in Worcestershire, and 1 in the North West – M6 junction 16 to junction 19 near Stoke-on-Trent.

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Upgrade your skills and qualifications for free

Aspire, the CILT Careers Foundation, has grants available to applicants for a range of professional qualifications offered by the CILT. As company training programmes become more specialised and places on professional development schemes are subject to intense competition, it can be difficult to get the backing from employers to fully support career aspirations.

Progressive training is a cornerstone of FORS and schemes such as Aspire can help operators to meet the FORS standard by demonstrating continued professional development.

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FORS bronze top tip – D6 Driver fitness and health

The aim of D6 is to ensure that operators monitor and manage driver fitness and health to ensure the safety and welfare of their drivers as well as members of the public. D6 requires operators to check drivers’ eyesight (such as reading a new style number plate at a distance of 20 metres) prior to starting work and at least every six months. Eyesight should be checked at an optician following an eyesight check failure, incident or near-miss.

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FORSLogoGold_UD2FORS is pleased to announce that there has been an increase of 129% in Gold accredited operators, since the scheme was rolled out nationally earlier this year.

The scheme now boasts 87 Gold accredited companies across the country, which represents over 21,700 vehicles.   These companies have demonstrated their commitment to progressive improvement, learning from best practice and championing the values of the FORS Standard.

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