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ACFO targets smaller fleets in new membership drive

Date: 13 August 2009

Fleet industry trade association ACFO is targeting part-time fleet decision-makers across small and medium businesses. The association already has 800 members responsible for something in the region of half a million vehicles, but is now targeting those people whose fleet responsibility is just a part of their wider role, generally in finance, HR or procurement.

"Some of these people may have an interest in vehicles, but it is unlikely that they have the necessary detailed knowledge needed on the full range of fleet issues," sad Stewart Whyte, ACFO membership director. "Larger fleets with an experienced or even a full-time fleet manager already know how complex it can be to keep operations legally compliant and cost effective. However, ACFO can fill that knowledge gap through the willing exchange of data and techniques for good practice."

ACFO has nine regional groups designed to provide a forum for fleet operators to discuss best practice, as well as workshops on new legislation and issues.

"We build our meetings to cater for people with all levels of experience and knowledge of fleet management, and always try to ensure that the less-experienced members have access to a whole range of expertise at these meetings," said Whyte. "Fleet funding and acquisition strategies, in-life vehicle management, tax and safe driving are all complex topics that without the right expertise could prove troublesome and expensive to the unwary."