Would a new organisation help form closer bonds between the fleet industry and government?

Written by Ellie

The fleet industry needs to form stronger links with the government in the longer term to avoid a repeat of the confused current situation in which the sector finds itself.

A wide range of issues such as WLTP and benefit in kind taxation has left the UK fleet sector shrouded in uncertainty, according to Phil Jerome, managing director at the medium term rental specialist Meridian Vehicle Solutions.

He believes that a lot of the confusion could have been avoided with better planning surrounding the introduction of new rules or better dialogue about policy on both sides of the fence.

“For a long time, we have operated as an industry on very firm, well-signposted legislative foundations and these have failed over the last year or two,” Mr Jerome comments.

“Clearly, something has gone wrong and it does seem as though there has been a breakdown in communication.”

The Meridian man wants to see the formation of a forum that acts as a representative of the fleet industry’s ideas and liaised with government.

“This is not to denigrate the work of our existing sector organisations, which do an excellent job, but perhaps we need something new that works purely as an advocate of the industry’s concerns and interests,” he added.

“There are a wide range of subjects emerging that come under the government’s purview, from autonomous vehicles to clean air policies, and we need to make sure that the voice of fleets is heard.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “We already have organisations such as ACFO and the BVRLA who often speak on behalf of the fleet industry, but maybe a fresh voice would add a new dynamic and fresh approach.”

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Posted on 29th August 2018

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