ACFO aligns itself with other industry bodies to increase member offering
ACFO is working closely with the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, the Freight Transport Association and the Institute of Travel and Meetings. Additionally, ACFO already has a tie-up with fleet manager training body the Institute of Car Fleet Management.
The organisation, which marks its 40th anniversary this year having been launched in 1972, already enjoys close links with a number of Government departments including HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs and the DVLA.
ACFO is also regularly asked – both formally and informally to provide member views on a range of issues to Government ministers and officials – notably with the practical implementation of policies and possible changes in tax and legislation.
Julie Jenner, ACFO chairman, said: 'We believe as a collective that we have more power, but that does not mean that ACFO will lose its independence. ACFO will remain very much the voice of the fleet decision-maker.'
In recent years ACFO has attended many meetings at Government departments with BVRLA representatives and earlier this year held an Olympic 2012 Seminar where there were speakers from both the FTA and the ITM.
ACFO is a volunteer-led organisation and Ms Jenner said: “The other three organisations have significant full time resources behind them and represent different sectors of the mobility market to ourselves.
'Government departments view ACFO as a strong membership-led organisation and values the input that we provide into discussions. By working in conjunction with other organisations on key issues we believe the voice of the fleet operator will be stronger,' she added.
Additionally, ACFO is investigating the possibility of offering a members’ shop that could function along similar lines to the existing FTA shop. It enables members to access a range of benefits at discounted prices.
Ms Jenner concluded: 'Extending the range of benefits to members will help ACFO to expand and grow over the coming years. ACFO has developed significantly over the last 40 years and it is our intention to further promote the organisation over the coming years.'