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AFP’s new LCV Committee to bring best practice support for van operators

A new LCV Committee is being launched by the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) to bring across-the-board support to commercial vehicle operators.

Issues ranging from cost control to adoption of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will come under focus by the AFP’s new LCV Committee

It’s one of a number of new committees being launched by the AFP, which launched in March as a result of the merger between the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) and the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM).

Its adopted aim is to “support members running and operating commercial vehicles by offering best practice and thought leadership on topics including the role of LCVs, operational considerations, legislative requirements, environmental impacts, funding options, driver taxation, vehicle conversions, adoption of telematics, use as pool vehicles and financial considerations during the life of the vehicle. The committee will also look at adoption of alternative fuelled vehicles within commercial vehicle corporate fleets.”

The LCV Committee will be led by Stewart Lightbody, deputy chair of the AFP, and vice-chaired by Denise Lane of Capita. Other members include Julie Summerell of TR Fleet, Steve Openshaw of Eric Wright, Steve Winter of Centrica, Duncan Webb of the Royal Mail, Cliff Lewis of Interserve, Jo Hammonds of Sanctuary, Matt Hammond of Altrad, Lee Rossall of BES Utilities and Glenn Ewen of Clear Channel.

Lightbody explained there are a whole range of issues facing LCV fleets – from the adoption of EV and PHEV technology through to Clean Air Zones and an increased focus on cost control due to the economic pressures created by the coronavirus crisis.

“Our aim is to play an active part in helping the industry tackle these challenges, spreading best practice and making our views known at the highest level,” he continued.

The LCV Committee joins the AFP’s Electric Vehicle, Low Carbon and Alternative Fuels Committee, details of which were announced last month, while news about the final three further committees – Future Roads; Risk, Compliance and Health; and Future Mobility Steering – will be announced at next week’s AFP webinar.

Paul Hollick, chair at the AFP, said: “These new committees, covering what we believe to be the most important issues facing fleets at this point in time, are very much designed to serve as forums for the best new thinking in our industry, where issues and ideas can be discussed and refined into clear policy.”

The AFP webinar, hosted on Zoom, is open to anyone and takes place from 9:30-11:00 am on 15 July. To register, please contact the new AFP Administration Centre on [email protected].

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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