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Croydon-based logistics firm ELB Partners has achieved FORS Gold for the ninth year in a row, following an in-depth audit of the firm’s 60-strong fleet of trucks and trailers.

The family-run logistics specialist, which employs around 60 staff, is a member of the Pallet-Track network. It is the only London-based business to hold the award for nine years consecutively.

Launched in 1970, the company, which also retained its Bronze and Silver accreditations, said it has invested “heavily” in camera technology to improve driver vision and protect vulnerable road users.

Peter Eason, son of founder George Eason and MD of ELB Partners, said: “This achievement is testament to the hard work of the whole team and particularly the efforts of commercial director, Dan Philpot, who has ensured our operation meets FORS’s strict standards.

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“As a London-based haulier, we deal with complex and challenging urban environments on a daily basis and, as a result, public safety is paramount to our operation.

“Retaining the gold standard for so long demonstrates our commitment to health, safety and the environment and we have made major investments in our fleet to ensure we are increasing visibility and reducing our emissions.

“Increasingly, businesses are looking to the FORS-recognised standard when selecting a logistics partner so this accreditation will also help to future-proof our business.

“We are delighted with this achievement and proud to be setting the standard for the logistics industry.”

FORS, which offers gold, silver and bronze awards, is a method of recognising fleet operations that comply with the requirements of the FORS Standard which is based upon lawfulness, safety, efficiency, and environmental protection. Fleet operations are audited against the requirements of an approved FORS certification body.