EXCLUSIVE: MP wins ACFO backing
01 December 2009
Author: Tristan Young Paul Barker
Julie Jenner, ACFO, Chairman
ACFO, the industry body for fleet managers, has responded positively to a call from MP Stephen Ladyman to set an industry best practice for others to follow.
Speaking to ACFO, in a meeting set-up by BusinessCar, Ladyman volunteered to champion a best practice charter if industry representatives wrote the outline for it.
"Have you ever thought that the way forward could be for ACFO to take the guidelines it has got, and the views of senior members, and put a committee together with expertise to set up and publish licence-checking best practice guidelines?" Ladyman, who is a senior Labour Party MP and road safety campaigner, asked senior ACFO members John Pryor and Nigel Grainger who accompanied BusinessCar to the meeting. "If they are published and it's made clear that they are best practice and do it with a clear caveat that they would need adapting according to the industry, it would then start to become very difficult for people like Government agencies not to adopt it."
ACFO chairman Julie Jenner said: "We will do this and welcome the opportunity and challenge to produce a best practice guide for car and van fleets. We're in the process of picking a partner business to work with on this."
The move by Ladyman and ACFO follows BusinessCar's investigation this summer that found massive inconsistencies in driving licence checks across Government departments, with only one of the 21 departments probed under the Freedom of Information Act following the Government's own guidelines.
As revealed by BusinessCar, in our 17 November issue, Ladyman has also promised to table a series of questions to Government departments asking what processes they're following for employees driving on work business.