The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) has announced a special webinar to mark the launch of its new Dealer Standard.

The event, on 20 April, will feature AFP board members James Pestell and Ric Baird, along with Zoe Lawson, head of corporate sales at Marshall Motor Group. All three were involved in the accreditation’s development.

Topics covered will include why and how the Dealer Standard was created, its aims, what it includes, the benefits to all parties involved, monitoring and feedback processes, and how fleet operators, service providers and dealers can get involved.

The Dealer Standard is designed to ensure that fleet vehicles are delivered in good condition, and with a comprehensive handover.

AFP chair Paul Hollick said: “We’ve been very pleased with the initial response to the launch of the Dealer Standard from across the fleet and dealer sectors. It has been extremely positive.

“Our intention was always that the accreditation should become used right across the industry by all dealers and fleets and we’ve made an excellent start towards that objective.

“Indeed, we are already hearing from some major leasing fleets that they are planning to work in the future only with dealers who commit to the Standard, which would certainly help to accelerate its adoption.

“We’ll be discussing these issues and more as part of the webinar, which will serve as an excellent introduction for any organisation interested in finding out more.”