A new standard has been introduced by FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme.

Version 4.0 is said to be clearer, easier to understand and contains more specific guidance on how the scheme applies not only to trucks but also to vans and to public service vehicles (PSVs).

FORS concession director John Hix said: 'This is our greenest ever standard. NOX and particulate matter, noise, alternative drives, tyre and fuel management all come under the spotlight in this update.

'And we're responding to best practice development within the industry. For example, at Bronze level, it introduces licence checking using a risk-based verification system that directly accesses the DVLA database. But, above all, it's a streamlined document, making it more user-friendly and even more engaging.

'We are also expanding our reach by offering a growing number of training courses right across the UK, updated to help operators get to grips with the new standard'

The FORS Standard is reviewed and updated every two-years and covers pathways to Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditation. It has been developed and approved by the FORS Governance & Standards Advisory Group (GSAG) ' a collective of leading operators and industry bodies from across the transport sector. Its introduction does not affect the fee structure and it will come into effect from 10 November 2016.