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Roddy Graham's Blog: 12 February 2009 - Fleet outlook

Date: 12 February 2009

Roddy Graham is chairman of the ICFM and commercial director of Leasedrive Velo

Following my questioning last week of the level of justice, when a court handed out a lowly 21-month prison sentence to a serial hand-held mobile user for an innocent victim's life, I couldn't believe my eyes when I read on Teletext that a commercial vehicle driver stood accused of using his laptop just prior to killing a family of six. If proven true, it brings to new heights the level of crass stupidity employed by some drivers. Have they no sense of responsibility?

Turning to more positive news, it was good to read this week that the BVRLA declared that the average CO2 emissions for a new company car are below the acknowledged new fleet policy ceiling of 160 g/km at a smidge under 150 g/km. Expect these figures to go further south to the benefit of the environment.

However, with new car fleet sales dropping over 35% in January compared to the same month last year, the fall is likely to be slower than we would all like. Indeed, there seems to be a greater uptake on extending contract hire lengths by a further year so new technology will not see the light of day on our roads as quickly as would be desirable to hit carbon emission targets. Good news though for the tyre re-fit sector!

Wearing my hat as chairman of the ICFM I was even more heartened to read that results emanating from the Chartered Management Institute redundancy hotline show that 16% of fleet callers plan to undertake a qualification as a result of the recession. In my view, there has never been a more critical time for the fleet management sector to have more qualified personnel. Only with professional skills' sets can people make a real difference and we need all the help we can get in the current credit crunch quagmire.

My vision is that one day an ICFM qualification should be a pre-requisite for any applicant seeking employment in the fleet industry. After all, in many other sectors, minimum required qualifications are often stated in job advertisements. The same should be true of the fleet industry. Interesting to note that none of the chairmen or chief executives of HBOS and RBS held any formal banking qualifications and did not understand some of the complex financial instruments on their books.

Need I say more?