Family-owned demolition and engineering specialists McGee is crediting its investment in sustainable technology and membership of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) for significant reductions in its year-on-year MPG figures.

In a bid to diminish its environmental impact and improve safety practices, the firm joined FORS in 2009, progressing through its Bronze and Silver accreditation levels to achieve FORS Gold standard in 2014.

It is one of 300 operators nationwide to reach this level, enhancing its claim to be one of the safest transport operators on the road.

Transport Manager Ash Gami said: “As we worked through the accreditations, we soon became aware the impact our industry is having on the environment. FORS has quickly highlighted areas for improvement and given us the tools and training we needed to make positive changes.”

Implementing the processes and procedures to reach FORS Gold resulted in a 25% drop in MPG across the business’ 60 vehicles, including trucks, tippers and sweepers, as well as the introduction of an electric van.

The company also noted numerous advantages over its competitors, especially in and around London where many agencies require FORS Silver accreditation as a minimum requirement for tenders.

McGee also credits its association with FORS for winning lucrative contracts with HS2.

FORS Director John Hix said: “We’re pleased that McGee Group ae reaping the benefits of FORS accreditation. It’s long-standing efforts to improve safety on the roads and cut its impact on the environment has led to success worth shouting about.”

Last reviewed 27 November 2019