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BVRLA hosts fleet policy discussions

Date: 30 October 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The BVRLA will host a number of round-table discussions to help shape the body's policies in areas affecting fleets.

The second meeting is taking place today, with vehicle safety and intelligent mobility up for discussion.

The first event was hosted by insurance and security experts Thatcham Research on 19 October, and saw a number of fleet industry representatives talking about the safety benefits of technology (AEB), including autonomous braking and telematics for fleets.

According to the BVRLA, delegates said that the Government should further encourage the take-up of AEB by taking a lead that others will follow.

They suggested that Government departments, such as the Department for Transport and Highways England, should adopt the requirement of a five-star Euro NCAP rating for all vehicles among their own fleets, and make AEB a mandatory requirement.

The BVRLA said it will produce policy papers setting out the association's position on each issue after the discussions. These papers will then be distributed among policy makers in the relevant Government departments, with policy recommendations.

"These roundtables provide the perfect opportunity for our members to give us feedback on their priorities and concerns for 2016," said BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney.

"By amassing such a diverse range of members and fleet industry experts in one place, we are able to find out exactly what is affecting the fleet industry, and direct our lobbying and campaigning work accordingly."