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The two main organisations representing fleet operators – ACFO and ICFM – have joined together to form a new Association of Fleet Professionals.

Designed to be the “organisation for fleet professionals”, the new body brings together campaigning and lobbying, one of ACFO’s previous key roles and responsibilities, and the fleet operator and service provider training that ICFM specialised in.

The AFP board will comprise of current ACFO chairman Caroline Sandall and deputy Stuart Lightbody, and ICFM chairman Paul Hollick and sales and marketing director Peter Eldridge.

“We believe that both organisations are two sides to the same coin and will deliver an increased fleet industry voice through their combined strength,” said ACFO chairman Caroline Sandall. “Bringing both together creates a true fleet body for the industry – giving fleet operators a true voice via the lobbying of ACFO with the training and education of the ICFM. The combined Association of Fleet Professionals unites the two organisations in both structure and leadership teams.”

Association of Fleet Professionals logo“Both organisations have been in active dialogue for a few years on this topic and now is definitely the best time to join forces,” said ICFM chairman Paul Hollick. “As the fleet industry is going through significant challenges with changing legislation, tax regulations, new technologies and Clean Air Zones the merger seems to be a great time for the ACFO team to focus on the fleet manager’s voice within Westminster, Whitehall and UK cities while the ICFM team can then devote its time of being a true Fleet Academy to educate and develop the current and future leaders within fleet and those coming into fleet from other areas of business.

Hollick added that though the two organisations were both “well run and organised for a sustainable future”, the new body brings additional resilience and scale.

The two key mandates of AFP will be to give a voice to policy setters on behalf of fleet managers and corporates operating vehicle fleets and to train, educate and develop fleet professional.

The cost of joining the new association is set at £299 per year, although there is an ICFM-only rate of £60-£80 depending on level of membership.

There is also a corporate membership of the Association of Fleet Professionals, coming in at £500, £1000 or £2000 per year for two, four or eight employee memberships respectively. Added benefits of the corporate membership will include discounts on employee training, providing company information on the AFP website and promotion during AFP webinars and events. The new Association of Fleet Professionals website – www.theafp.co.uk is live now.