Croydon logistics firm ELB Partners has achieved its 10th consecutive FORS Gold award following a comprehensive audit of its fleet of 60-plus trucks and trailers.

The company has made significant investments into low-emission, hi-spec vehicles over the last decade in order to meet the ever-growing challenge of operating lorries in London.

It said it was the capital’s only independent haulier to have held the FORS Gold accreditation for this length of time, which recognises its commitment to vehicle safety and environmental best practice.

The fleet’s EURO 6 engines all meet LEZ regulations, with the investment in camera technology to improve driver vision and protect vulnerable road users ensuring it is also Direct Vision Standard compliant.

ELB also retained its Bronze and Silver accreditations as part of the ‘root-and-branch’ audit.

Peter Eason, company MD, said: “This is a huge milestone for us and a real testament to our hard-working team who have made it happen.

“It’s getting harder and harder to achieve this accreditation every year, alongside the unique challenges and regulations we face as a logistics business operating in the capital city.

“Every year, there are additions to the FORS requirements and every year we have met them.

“Congratulations to everyone, especially Dan Philpot and Sam Cates, who have once again worked painstakingly to ensure our operation meets FORS’ strict standards.”