The UK’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has developed a training course for the safe transport of abnormal indivisible loads.

The six-hour FORS Professional Managing Abnormal Indivisible Loads course, which will be delivered remotely via the FORS Professional Classroom, will be offered free of charge to FORS members from the end of February.

The course is designed to assist, support and make members aware of what is considered to be an abnormal load and what is considered to be an abnormal indivisible load (AIL). It also includes information for loads permitted in normal operations and special types enforcement guide (STGO) regulations.

Accompanying the training session is a detailed toolkit that includes full details of regulations in place to ensure safe transportation of AILs, listing the notification periods required for each vehicle and load type, vehicle dimension classifications, and best practice tips on how to successfully plan AIL movement.

Paul Grafton, FORS compliance and training officer, said: “Whilst transporting AILs is quite a specialist activity, FORS members will benefit from downloading the toolkit and attending this free course, which will help them to meet the requirements regarding specialist operations as set out in the FORS Standard.

“FORS Bronze ‘O5 Specialist operations’ requires operators to conduct specialist operations safely and in accordance with the law to ensure that associated risks are managed. This is to make sure drivers, passengers, and other road users are not endangered.”