Fleet accreditation

Helping procurers make informed, intelligent and pragmatic decisions

The CLOCS Standard states that:

  • Clients shall specify in tender and contract documents that all stakeholders comply to the CLOCS Standard; and
  • Principal Contractors shall procure fleet operations that comply with the requirements of the CLOCS Standard.

The CLOCS Standard states that fleet operators shall:

  • ensure they are part of a recognised independent fleet accreditation scheme or have a suitable management system in place that addresses the issues of:
    • management
    • vehicles
    • drivers
    • operations

The operator can define their own scope for fleet compliance accreditation to respond to specific client requirements and their own business needs.

This may require separate accreditation for vehicles under and over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight that operate within the same fleet.

  • in selecting their fleet accreditation, ensure all construction logistics vehicle operations meet the standards and requirements as described as Silver in the FORS Standard
  • provide acceptable evidence (as defined by each procurer) to demonstrate that requirements have been met.

Note that attainment of FORS Silver accreditation is not a CLOCS requirement and that alternative fleet accreditation schemes or management systems may be used to demonstrate compliance. See below for details of some other schemes though others may be available.

To provide further clarification for all parties involved with CLOCS implementation, in particularly Champions and procurers, CLOCS issued the following Guidance Note in June 2022.


FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme)

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators which aims to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency, and environmental protection.

FORS and CLOCS work together, to keep compliance simple. If you work in the construction industry and operate vehicles, FORS Silver accreditation will ensure you are CLOCS compliant.

For more details, please visit https://www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/

DVSA Earned Recognition

DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) Earned Recognition is a voluntary scheme designed to enable vehicle operators of all sizes to prove that their organisation meets driver and vehicle standards. DVSA earned recognition operators regularly share performance information with the DVSA in the form of a monthly report.

DVSA have also produced an Earned Recogniton guide for CLOCS Champions on how Earned Recognition can be used as an alternative method of demonstrating compliance with FORS Silver and the fleet requirements of the CLOCS Standard.

For more details, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dvsa-earned-recognition-guidance-and-forms To contact them please email dvsaer@dvsa.gov.uk

Van Excellence

Van Excellence is a scheme designed with safety and efficiency at its core, by some of the best van operators in the UK; facilitated and managed by Logistics UK to recognise excellence and improve operational standards. At its heart are the Van Excellence Standards outlining 'what good looks like' in van operations.

Van Excellence has been developed to allow operators to ensure their standards of operation meet the requirements of the audit standards, thus enabling them to be recognised as van operators that adhere to a best practice framework.

For more details, please visit https://logistics.org.uk/training/van-excellence

Mission Zero

Mission Zero is a quality standard for the road fleet sector. It is a scheme for organisations to adopt a roadmap towards the vision of zero collisions, zero emissions and zero prohibitions.

Working with a range of industry stakeholders, Mission Zero has used their collective knowledge of fleet standards to develop a scheme that meets fleet operator needs, legal obligations and customer expectations; whilst ensuring a quality standard that is accurate, consistent and reliable.

For more details, please visit https://missionzero.org.uk/ 

ISO 39001

ISO 39001:2012 specifies requirements for a road traffic safety (RTS) management system to enable an organization that interacts with the road traffic system to reduce death and serious injuries related to road traffic crashes which it can influence.

The requirements in ISO 39001:2012 include development and implementation of an appropriate RTS policy, development of RTS objectives and action plans, which take into account legal and other requirements (which would include client specified) to which the organization subscribes, and information about elements and criteria related to RTS that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence.

For more details, please visit https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/iso-39001-road-traffic-safety/