FORS has announced that LeasePlan UK has become the first van leasing company in the UK to gain FORS Vehicle Hire Company accreditation.

This new type of accreditation – part of a trial by FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme – is designed to enable hire and leasing companies to demonstrate that their vehicles meet the FORS Standard.

Improving road safety

Under the trial accreditation, a FORS Vehicle Hire accredited company can now supply vehicles that have been assessed to meet the FORS Standard, to be used in short term or lease contracts by FORS accredited operators.

The new Vehicle Hire Company accreditation will help operators meet requirements set out in the FORS Standard that stipulates vehicles for hire which are employed by FORS operators, must be accredited. It is being trialled at LeasePlan UK for both their current short-term and long-term lease vehicles.

Seeking FORS accreditation

The accreditation is a new type of FORS Associate status, where companies are assessed to ensure the correct policies are in place and vehicles are maintained to FORS requirements. LeasePlan UK, which is already a FORS Associate, has successfully completed its Vehicle Hire Company accreditation audit, and can now provide vehicles that meet the FORS Bronze requirements.

Chris Black, Commercial Director at LeasePlan UK: “We are proud to have been recognised as the first van leasing company in the UK to gain FORS Vehicle Hire Company accreditation. It gives confidence and assurance to our customers that our vehicles are maintained, managed and meeting the highest standards set by FORS.

“As one of the largest CV leasing companies in the UK, it’s very much part of our long-term commitment to drive up standards and help commercial vehicle operators across the country run efficient, safe and compliant fleets.”


This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.