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ACFO directors re-elected at AGM

Three ACFO directors have been  unanimously re-elected to the board at the organisation’s AGM.

ACFO chairman John Pryor

ACFO chairman John Pryor has been re-elected to the board along with fellow directors Caroline Sandall and Debbie Lane

Chairman John Pryor, along with deputy chairman Caroline Sandall and director Denise Lane, had stood down from the board by rotation and sought re-election by members. All three were re-elected unopposed after no other members put themselves forward for election, and will each serve on the board for a further three years.

Pryor, fleet and travel manager at Arcadia Group, was first elected to the board in 2006, and said the re-elections come as a time of “unprecedented” fleet change.

He added: “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 vans.

“It is also important that the ACFO board continues to have both strong fleet operator representation and an equal split of men and women.”

The association also noted that its online petition demanding HMRC to publish Advisory Fuel Rates for plug-in cars – featured on ACFO’s stand this year at the Fleet Show – has now gained support from end-user fleet operators in charge of almost 120,000 company cars; 97,402 petrol and diesel vehicles and 19,521 plug-in models.

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.

“It 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 there being no definitive mileage rate.

“ACFO 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 cars.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.