Round-Up: ACFO axes autumn seminar, Licence checking tips, New role for Roberts

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ACFO axes autumn seminar

Delegates listen at the ACFO 'The State of the Nation' seminar 2017

ACFO has cancelled its autumn seminar following the chancellor, Philip Hammond’s “failure to announce the future shape of company car BIK rates” in the Budget yesterday.

The event was going to be held on Friday at Vauxhall’s offices in Luton as the fleet organisation had understood a series of announcements relating the future of the company car were going to be announced.

“From a fleet decision-maker perspective the Budget Statement was hugely disappointing. It provided no clarity at all on which fleet operators can make any decisions with confidence and leaves company car drivers completely in the dark as to what their benefit-in-kind tax bills will be beyond 2020/21,” ACFO chairman, John Pryor said.

Licence Bureau offers advice on dealing with non-GB drivers

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Licence checking company Licence Bureau has warned fleet managers that they need to understand non-GB driving licence holders and follow processes before employing them.

It issued the warning after a survey by the company of half a million drivers found that 2,650 company vehicle drivers had major issues with their licence, with foreign drivers accounting for 8% which it said can cause additional complexity around their eligibility to drive in the UK.

Richard Turner, business development manager at Licence Bureau, said: “By law, companies have a duty of care to manage occupational road risk. Ensuring a robust process and procedure is in place allows for periodical automatic checks of driver licences and assists with the identification and management of any risk identified.”

New role for Vauxhall’s Roberts

Richard Roberts

Vauxhall has appointed Richard Roberts to the position of national fleet sales manager, rental, leasing, company vehicles and motability, taking on the additional responsibilities of leasing, total cost of ownership/residual values and company vehicles, in addition to his existing responsibility for Motability.

Previously fleet marketing and mobility manager at the brand, he has previously held roles within the aftersales and customer care teams.