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LeasePlan becomes first leasing provider to gain FORS Associate status

LeasePlan becomes first leasing provider to gain FORS Associate status

LeasePlan UK has become the first leasing company to join the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) as an Associate.  

The select group of FORS Associates provide exclusive discounts to FORS members on products and services which promote greater levels of safety, efficiency and environmental protection.  

LeasePlan UK operates a UK serviced fleet in excess of 185,000 vehicles, including more than 57,000 commercial vehicles.  

FORS said it was a natural fit for LeasePlan UK, which is due to launch a new integrated vehicle check app at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, Birmingham, which opens its three-day run on 25 April.  

The app helps drivers report safety accuracy, encourages consistent safety improvement and change. The app also makes it easier for organisations to gain FORS compliance by enabling drivers to conduct online daily vehicle checks; providing essential data, reporting and auditing for transport teams. 

Companies wishing to become FORS Associates need to pass tough selection and assessment criteria, supported by customer testimonials and an independent report or media review of their product/service.  

Paul Wilkes, FORS business services manager, said: “As the first leasing company to become a FORS Associate, LeasePlan UK offers real value to both current and prospective FORS members.”  

Mark Lovett, head of commercial vehicles at LeasePlan UK, said, “Managing over 57,000 vans and specialist commercials gives us invaluable insight into the needs of drivers and operators today - and at LeasePlan UK, we understand that these vehicles are not simply a core component of business, but they are their business.  

“With the FORS stamp of approval, the app will make it easier for organisations running commercial vehicles to be compliant; and with a strong focus on vehicle uptime we’re confident it will also minimise associated admin for transport teams.”