operators managing almost 120,000 company cars sign ACFO petition
Members of ACFO, the
UK’s premier fleet decision-makers’ organisation, have unanimously re-elected
three of the organisation’s directors at the company’s AGM.
John Pryor, Caroline
Sandall and Denise Lane all stood down from the board by rotation and sought
re-election. They were re-elected unopposed after no other members put
themselves forward for election
Mr Pryor is fleet and
travel manager at Arcadia Group. He was first elected to the board in 2006 and
has been ACFO chairman for the past four years. Caroline Sandall, a director of
ESE UK Consulting, was first elected to the ACFO board in 2012. She has been
ACFO’s deputy chairman for the past five years. Denise Lane, is head of group
fleet at Capita, and will serve a second term as a director. She was elected
for the first time in 2015 having been co-opted on to the ACFO board in late
They will each serve
on the board for a further three years and join Debbie Floyde, group fleet and
risk and facilities manager at Bauer Media; Phil Redman, director of PLR
Fleet Management; and Richard Baird, new business development director at
Marshall Leasing; as ACFO directors.
Mr Pryor said: “The
pace of change we are witnessing across the fleet industry is unprecedented in
my almost 30 years as a fleet manager so it is good that ACFO has board
consistency in terms of fleet operator representation and significant practical
experience to keep members advised, provide insight on the impact of taxation
and legislation changes and stand-up for businesses operating company cars and
“It is also important
that the ACFO board continues to have both strong fleet operator representation
and an equal split of men and women.”
fleet operators in charge of almost 120,000 company cars - 97,402 petrol and
diesel vehicles and 19,521 plug-in models - have to date signed ACFO’s online
petition calling on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to publish Advisory Fuel
Rates for plug-in cars*.
petition was launched earlier this year as ACFO believes that the absence of
defined mileage reimbursement rates for 100% electric vehicles, range extended
electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid petrol and diesel models is a handicap to
some organisations including plug-in vehicles on their company car choice
Fuel Rates apply where employers reimburse employees for business travel in
their company cars, or require employees to repay the cost of fuel used for
private travel. Published quarterly, they provide a range of rates based on
engine size and fuel type (petrol, diesel or LPG), and when used, are deemed to
Pryor said: “The government has this week published its ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ that
puts a significant focus on encouraging demand for plug-in vehicles across the
fleet and private sectors to reduce emissions and thus improve air quality.
is abundantly clear that the government is driving fleets along the plug-in
road, but corporate take-up is not in the fast lane. One reason, ACFO believes,
is due to their being no definitive mileage rate.
intends to keep up the pressure and hopes that fleet decision-makers and the
industry will support the petition. We will submit the petition to HMRC in
early autumn in the hope that the government will make an announcement in this
year’s November Budget that it will introduce Advisory Fuel rates for plug-in
petition is available for signing on the ACFO website - www.acfo.org - and
via its LinkedIn and Twitter channels.
figures exclude vehicles operated by contract hire and leasing companies that have
signed the petition.