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Afternoon round-up: ACFO GDPR plan, Euro6 van shortage warning, new Thatcham chairman

ACFO’s five-point GDRP plan

Fleet operators’ association ACFO has published a five-point plan to help fleet professionals comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect on 25 May.

ACFO chairman John PryorThe points are to know what personal data is held, who has access to the data, what is passed to suppliers and contractors, what to tell drivers and to delete data loaded onto vehicle systems on return.

The points were part of an ACFO GDPR webinar, and chairman John Pryor said:“Fleets will already hold a lot of personal data. Now is the time for fleets to review and check whether they actually need all the current data being received? Where does the data originate and is it secure, either on computer or in locked storage? This is not new as all fleets should be doing this automatically.”

Used Euro6 van prices to rise

Clean air zones coming to 33 local authorities from next year will drive up prices of used Euro6 vans, with concerns that supply won’t meet demand, according to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions, which said values for Euro6 vans could go “sky high” from 2020.Shoreham vehicle auctions MD Alex Wright

Euro4 and Euro5-compliant vehicles could need to be moved to areas unaffected by the clean air zones, such as Wales, Scotland and the south west, to achieve best prices.

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions managing director Alex Wright also predicted that the new van market could be affected by slower growth here than in other markets. “When you have other European economies that are growing and where demand for new vans is high then surely [manufacturers] will redirect their marketing money away from the UK,” said Wright. “That will mean prices of new Euro 6 vans will start to creep up, and UK operators will be faced with longer new van lead times as new stock becomes more restricted. They may even restrict supply to high discount high volume sectors of the market.”

New Thatcham chairman named

Vehicle safety and development consortium Thatcham Research has  appointed Graham Gibson as its new chairman.

Graham Gibson, chairman, Thatcham ResearchGibson, currently chief claims officer at Allianz, is replacing Ian Currie, who is retiring from his role as UK motor claims director at RSA. He has been on Thatcham’s board for the last six year.

Gibson, meanwhile, has been on Thatcham’s board since 2012.

The consortium’s board is made up of representatives from its 24 members who fund the various research and development trials the body undertakes.

“Thatcham’s passion and commitment to improving automotive safety and security demonstrates a dedication to both the insurance industry and vehicle manufacturers,” Gibson said.