Veolia’s fleet operations in London have been accredited with FORS Gold status. This follows an investment to make 1,400 Veolia vehicles that operate within London safer and greener.
In the time since Veolia were awarded FORS Silver accreditation in 2012, the company have invested £1m into improving safety for all vulnerable road users, including cyclists. All vehicles above 3.5 tonnes have been fitted with audible warnings to tell cyclists when a vehicle is turning left, along with cautionary cyclist nearside warning signs.Fuel consumption and vehicle emissions have also been reduced by 17.5% in new fleet vehicles, with plans to roll these out in other London contracts. Veolia worked with Dennis Eagle and Allison Transmissions to develop technology that prevents the vehicles from being driven inefficiently and also reduced the compaction cycles when the bins are emptied for optimum efficiency.
Gary Clark, Head of Fleet for London and UK Municipal Fleet Development, said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to improving our fleet operations. This would not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of our employees to manage improvements and to ensure that all workers are committed to safe and sustainable practices.”