Essex based turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf, has recently been awarded the FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) accreditation, a voluntary certification scheme that measures fleet operators according to strict industry standards. Unlike most turf growers, Paynes Turf operates its own fleet of vehicles, including several artic lorries, enabling the company to offer one of the fastest and most reliable delivery services in the business. The FORS accreditation means that Paynes Turf can continue to enhance its already exceptional delivery service.

The FORS scheme requires fleet operators to meet a number of standards based upon legal compliance, safety, efficiency, and environmental protection, as set out by the certification body. Companies recognised with FORS accreditation are required to work lawfully and to a best practice FORS standard. To ensure compliance and an upkeep of high standards, formal company audits are carried out on a regular basis by an independent FORS auditor.

“Paynes Turf is a forward thinking company, so we’re always striving to improve our high standards within the industry. Having FORS accreditation means we can be certain that our operations are being run as safely, efficiently, and eco-friendly as possible,” commented John Paynes, Partner at Paynes Turf.

Paynes Turf’s entire fleet now carries the FORS logo, allowing trade and domestic clients to rest assured that Paynes’ operations are recognised as meeting the highest industry standards.

“Operating our own fleet of delivery vehicles is something that we’re very proud of – it enables us to offer one of the best delivery services in the industry as we can be in complete control of when and where our turf is delivered. For example, we’re able to offer next day delivery and always aim to deliver as early in the day as possible so that our clients have as much laying time as possible. With the FORS accreditation, we now have another means to provide our customers with an even better service,” he concluded.