FIAG looks to the future of fleet at 2017 autumn workshop

The future composition and fuel of choice of Britain’s company car fleets as well as how to more effectively manage drivers and journeys will be the focus at the autumn 2017 workshop hosted by the Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG).

Round table debate at the event on Thursday, October 19, 2017 sponsored by driver risk management specialist Automotional and being held at the company’s Training Centre located within the Formula E Paddock at Donington Park Race Circuit close to the M1 in Derbyshire, will focus on:

  • How fleet managers can future proof their vehicle company choice lists with pressure from government to operate plug-in vehicles; diesel, the long-established fleet fuel of choice being ‘demonised’ in the national media amid air quality concerns; and the 2019 introduction of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone and the potential launch of Clean Air Zones across towns and cities nationwide.
  • Tactics that fleets can introduce to stamp out driver abuse of vehicles – thereby better manage service, maintenance and repair costs – and ensure work-related road safety compliance.
  • Improving journey management with government figures revealing traffic volume on the increase, new research suggesting ‘nightmare’ commutes could soon be the norm around the country with average driving speeds falling; and trials of lorry platoons set to start.

Round table debates among seminar delegates discussing each topic will be preceded by short presentations from industry experts:

  • Geoffrey Bray, FIAG founding chairman and executive chairman of Fleet Service Great Britain, will focus on the future composition of company car choice lists.
  • John Sunderland Wright, training director, Performance on Demand, will highlight how employers can better manage drivers and improve their performance by boosting their well-being and alleviating driver fatigue and stress thus making them ‘part of the solution’ to improved vehicle management.
  • Phil Powell, sales director, Matrix Telematics, will discuss, with telematics and ‘connected’ cars now prevalent, how vehicle and driver-related data is critical to improving overall business performance and how employers can meet the data protection requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect from May 25, 2018.

Annual FIAG membership costs £100 per person, which includes attendance at the organisation’s workshops. Members are encouraged to introduce FIAG to fellow fleet decision-makers with guests able to attend workshops at a cost of £25 per person per event.

Mr Bray said: “Whether a full-time professional fleet manager or a finance, HR or procurement expert with part-time fleet responsibility, the issues raised and topics to be discussed at the workshop are of vital importance to them and their employers.

“The fleet management world is rapidly changing and those in charge of vehicles and drivers need to react, review all current policies and implement change where deemed necessary. To retain the status quo will not be an option in most fleets.

“The speakers and round table debates will be thought provoking and will generate new ideas and opportunities that attending fleet decision-makers can learn from and adapt to meet the requirements of their own vehicle operations.”

FIAG was launched more than three years ago by industry veteran Mr Bray and a team of highly experienced professional fleet managers who collectively have around 200 years’ experience in running vehicle operations.

Utilising the wealth of knowledge and experience of its founding members – as well as other fleet decision-makers when they join FIAG – the organisation provides fleet advice, consultancy and support through the mentoring of newcomers to the role of fleet manager and less experienced employees with car, van and HGV responsibility.

The half-day workshop starts at 9.30am and will be followed by a buffet lunch.

Further information on the autumn workshop including registration is available at:

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