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ACFO best practice guide rethinks business travel

Date: 17 May 2011   |   Author:

The second ACFO best practice guide, examining every aspect of journey planning, has been launched at the car fleet management association's annual conference today (Tuesday).

The 28-page handbook joins last year's guide to licence checking as the association looks to establish a series of documents on best practice across business car management.

From A to B: The ACFO Guide to UK Journey Planning will be handed out to delegates at the 2011 conference and AGM, held at the National Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, before being placed online for members to access and download.

Prominent ACFO members Julie Boyd of TR Fleet and Alphabet's Nigel Trotman have put the guide together over the past few months.

"A lot of fleets are looking at combining travel costs and fleet in one role; there's quite a bit of crossover," Julie Boyd told BusinessCar. If you're looking at cost reduction, don't just look at the fleet, but how are the employees doing their business?"

The guide includes three journey examples, comparing cost and time across the seven modes of company car, grey fleet, hire car, car club, motorbike, train and coach travel.

Boyd described the finished article as "potentially a document that will be an ongoing point of reference not just filed away. People will go back to it."

She continued: "I'm very pleased with the end product. It's following the same line as the first guide and I feel it's far more comprehensive. We're seeking the same for future guides, this is the second of many."

ACFO chairman Julie Jenner expressed her delight at the finished product. "I think it's great, there's something in there for everyone relevant to all aspects of travel management," she told BusinessCar. "It's not a cumbersome document, it's useful for showing alternative ways of working and drawing from the experience of leading fleet operators.

"It's about sharing knowledge garnered from an association with expertise across the industry."

Jenner said ACFO is already debating the topic for the third guide in the series. Last year's debut document was spawned from a BusinessCar Freedom of Information Act investigation into Government checking of its own drivers' licences, which found massive problems in the policy of some departments.

"This new document follows on from the success last year," said Jenner.

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