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Afternoon round-up: Police retraining courses hit record high, new Fiat boss, Fleetcheck appoints compliance specialist


Police driver retraining courses hit all-time high

The number of drivers attending offender retraining courses after committing a motoring offence reached 1.4 million in 2017 – its highest-ever level and an increase of more than a million since the courses began in 2010, according to the RAC Foundation. Police driver retraining courses hit record high

The majority of offenders, 1,195,356, attended the national speed awareness course, while 92,386 people completed the What’s Driving Us? course.

Police are able to send drivers on a total of nine courses at their discretion, including the national Motorway Speed Awareness Course and the National Motorway Course, both introduced in 2017.

“The emergence of so many courses partly reflects the increasing complexity of the road network and rise in restrictions drivers now face,” said Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation.

“From 20 mph zones in towns to variable speed limits on motorways the rules of the road are growing in type and number, and there now seems to be a course to match every eventuality.

“The record number of courses run last year could be topped this year as police step up enforcement of Red X signals on motorways.”

New managing director for Fiat UK

Arnaud Leclerc (pictured) has been appointed managing director, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK and Ireland with immediate effect, succeeding Ashley Andrew, who has left the company. Arnaud Leclerc, Managing Director, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, 2018

He joins from PSA, where he was deputy director general for the UK and previously DS’s UK brand development director.

He will report to Alfredo Altavilla, FCA’s chief operating officer for the EMEA region.

Also within the group, Tony Dittli, previously FCA’s head of corporate sales for EMEA, has left the FCA group and become director, international B2B operations, VP at Groupe PSA. Dittli was formerly Fiat’s fleet and remarketing boss in the UK.

Fleetcheck appoints compliance manager for GDPR

Fleetcheck has appointed Sue O’Connell (pictured) as compliance manager in advance of the introduction of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May, which will enforce stricter regulations around the use of customers’ data. Sue O’Connell, compliance manager, FleetCheck 2018

O’Connell has experience in software testing and compliance, including a role as senior product consultant at corporate documentation company PleaseTech, where she was in charge of unit, user acceptance, stress and performance testing.

“The processes in place at FleetCheck are already very robust, so we expect meeting the needs of GDPR will be a relatively straightforward task,” she said.

“Currently, we are undertaking in-depth risk analysis so that we can highlight areas which need to be addressed, altering policies and procedures as necessary in good time for May.”