Fleet operator organisation Acfo has formally joined the Fleet and Mobility Management Federation Europe (FMFE).

The new organisation was launched last year as the European Fleet and Mobility Association, and Acfo joins associations from Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland in signing up. 

It means Acfo members with international fleets can now draw on the knowledge of FMFE’s other national associations. 

Future plans for FMFE include the creation of an information platform, benchmarks and joint international studies, as well as the compilation of Europe-wide best practice standards for fleet and mobility management. 

FMFE will also give its opinions on political, economic, legal and fiscal issues at a European level. 

Acfo’s decision to join follows the completion of a fact-finding investigation into membership late last year. 

Acfo chairman John Pryor said: “UK-based fleet decision makers with international vehicle responsibilities, and fleet chiefs in other countries with some vehicles operating in the UK, may need ‘local knowledge’ so it is important that Acfo can provide help and advice and also [build] partnerships with other representative fleet organisations that may be able to assist and provide information.

“Over the years Acfo has been contacted by fleet organisations from around the world – as well as individual fleet operators – seeking help and advice. We have also hosted visits by fleet decision makers from overseas and made reciprocal visits. 

“Many of the issues confronting fleet decision makers in the UK will be the same as those being tackled in many other countries, so it makes logical sense to pool our collective knowledge, experiences and advice, and communicate best fleet management practice across Europe and worldwide.”