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FLEET SPEAK: Doing some good for the industry

Date: 18 May 2010

Paul Barker is editor of BusinessCar

It's rewarding that an investigation by BusinessCar has weaved its way through the past nine months to end up with the guide to document checking launched by ACFO this week.

Going back to last summer, we launched a series of freedom of information requests into whether Government departments were following best practice advice, and we published our alarming results late last year, when then Labour MP Stephen Ladyman, who unfortunately lost his seat in the recent election, invited BusinessCar to Westminster to discuss our findings.

We invited two senior ACFO members to come with us, and Ladyman asked at that meeting whether the association would consider putting together a best practice guide he could issue to the departments to give them something to work from.

Now available to members on the ACFO website (, the excellent document-checking guide is a testament to the good things a trade association can achieve in this industry, and is a good example of why anyone with at least a small interest in managing vehicles or drivers should at least consider membership of the trade body.

BusinessCar is proud to have played a part in its inception, and hearty congratulations are due to ACFO chairman Julie Jenner and senior members Nigel Grainger and John Pryor for the parts they have played in the process. It also certainly wouldn't have happened without the constructive, educated and encouraging input from Labour's Stephen Ladyman.

Managing vehicles, and their drivers, is an increasingly complicated business, but a simple best practice guide like this makes life easier.

Paul Barker, Editor