TfL’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (Fors) is to be rolled-out nationwide in January 2015.

The scheme, which promotes cycle safety measures and equipment, will shortly be placed into private hands following tendering process earlier this year.

The successful bidder will operate the scheme for up to seven years through a concession contract, and is expected to be revealed shortly by TfL.

TfL said that around two-thirds of the operators now accredited under the scheme are based outside of the M25, despite its genesis in London.

Leon Daniels, MD for surface transport at TfL said: “Fors has helped transform how fleet and freight vehicles operate in London, encouraging greater compliance, better training, lower emissions and improved road safety.”

Many major construction firms including Mace, British Land and Crossrail now require operators to be part of the scheme. More than 2,200 accredited companies, operating over 180,000 vehicles, have been Fors-accredited, a third of which operate in the construction industry.

Although the scheme will be operated by a private company, TfL will assist with the development with the nationwide scheme. It is not yet known whether there will be a charge for accreditation under the scheme.