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New AFP guide aims to define mobility

Date: 18 March 2021   |   Author: Sean Keywood

A new document designed to define mobility management has been published by the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP).

The document, entitled 'The Definition of Mobility', has been created by the organisation's mobility committee, after what it describes as wide-ranging discussions over several months, including gathering the views of AFP members as well as wider contributors.

The document states that mobility can include subjects such as company and private cars, parking, fuel and charging, tolls, rental, car sharing, lift sharing, bikes and e-bikes, walking, public transport of all kinds, boats, flights, taxis, ride hailing, chauffeur hire, hotels, and commutes and business trips. 

It also looks at areas such as mobility from the point of view of technology, environmental impact, employee use of mobility services, cost management and tax efficiency, as well as providing a comprehensive glossary of terms. 

AFP chair Paul Hollick said the document, which is available to download from the news section of AFP's website, could provide a potential framework within which interested parties could discuss the subject and its impact in its entirety.

He said: "We're in a situation where many fleet managers are evolving into becoming mobility managers, taking on responsibility for a range of new and existing employee transport options alongside the company car. However, it's clear that when people across the industry talk about mobility management, those conversations often lack focus.

"Our aim with the document, as the leading industry body in the fleet sector, is to scope out the range of mobility as a subject. It's all about promoting conversations about mobility and the opportunities that it creates to bring new thinking to business travel.

"Having these discussions is crucial, we believe. Alongside the arrival of EVs, mobility is likely to be the biggest new challenge for fleet managers during the next decade, despite the potential negative impact of the pandemic on asset-sharing, and they need to look at areas ranging from learning the new skills required through to how to share best practice."