ACFO and ICFM met with leaders of the Global Fleet Consortium Network in late June to discuss how the organizations could work together to promote fleet management best practices worldwide, according to an announcement from the organization.
ACFO is the largest nonprofit in the U.K. that represents the interests of businesses that operate cars and vans as part of their normal commercial activities. The ICFM is a non-profit in the U.K. that promotes education within the fleet sector.
Bill Elliot, Mike Antich, and Mary Sticha of the Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association represented the Global Fleet Consortium network leadership.
“From the discussions there is a huge commonality of issues around the world that fleet managers are facing. Understanding how those topics are being tackled and sharing best practice via our respective websites and providing overseas fleet managers with access to ACFO’s webinars on key industry matters would be a major step forward,” said John Pryor, ACFO chairman.
The meeting between the three organizations focused on a few issues that fleet managers face on an international level. Those issues included: rising vehicle acquisition costs, particularly with an increase in safety-related features being fitted to vehicles; increasing fuel costs; improving air quality and environmental matters; taxation changes, and regulatory controls.
“It is always excellent to form collaborations around the globe,” said Paul Hollick, chairman of the ICFM. “We will share information on how qualifications globally can work for both U.K. fleet managers and those based in the U.K. but with broader fleet responsibilities in Europe and around the world.
ACFO and AFLA are founding members of the Global Fleet Consortium Network. Other founding members include the Australasian Fleet Management Association, the Asociación Méxicana de Arrendadoras de Vehículos, which translates to the Mexican Vehicle Leasing Association, and the China Road Transport Association.