Leaseplan has become a FORS Associate member, making it the first leasing provider to gain such a status.

FORS Associate members provide exclusive discounts to bronze, silver and gold accredited companies on products and services that promote safety and efficiency.

To gain FORS Associate status, companies need to pass selection and assessment criteria, have customer testimonials and receive media reports of their products or services.

Mark Lovett, head of commercial vehicles at Leaseplan UK said: “Managing over 57,000 vans and specialist commercials gives us invaluable insight into the needs of drivers and operators today – and at Leaseplan UK, we understand that these vehicles are not simply a core component of business, but they are their business.”

Leaseplan said FORS is a “natural fit” for the company, as it is due to launch a new vehicle checking app at the CV Show later this month, which aims to help drivers report safety accuracy, and could make it easier for fleets to gain FORS compliance by enabling drivers to conduct daily vehicle checks.

The app will be named following a shortlist drawn up by CV Show visitors to the Leaseplan stand.

“As the first leasing company to become a FORS Associate, Leaseplan UK offers real value to both current and prospective FORS members, and we are delighted to have them on board,” said Paul Wilkes, FORS business services manager.