New group launched to promote fleet best practice

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LAUNCH: FIAG brainchild of Geoffrey Bray

A new organisation aimed at developing and sharing best practice among fleet decision-makers while simultaneously raising money for charity has been launched.

The Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) is the brainchild of industry veteran Geoffrey Bray and a team of professional fleet managers who have amassed around 200years’ experience.

Utilising the wealth of knowledge and experience of founding members – as well as other fleet decision-makers when they join FIAG – the organisation aims to provide 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.

Additionally, FIAG will publish analytical white paper reports on key industry issues designed to support fleet professionals.

“FIAG’s masterclass concept will protect investment, improve operational efficiency and safety and, importantly, demonstrate that management is competent.”

Geoffrey Bray, FIAG

FIAG will officially launch on Wednesday, May 21, at a Launch Workshop focusing on fleet vehicle procurement and purchasing best practice entitled ‘Experience – Driving Change’.

The event will be staged at the Arnold Clark Group’s GTG Training Academy, Bearing Drive, Wolverhampton.

A members’ recruitment drive has been launched with FIAG charging a special introductory annual subscription of £350.

Members are then able to benefit from the free-of-charge advice and mentoring, the launch workshop and future similar events and the white papers.

Annually FIAG, a not-for-profit organisation, plan to make a donation to Hope for Tomorrow, a national charity dedicated to bringing cancer treatment closer to patients’ homes by providing a mobile chemotherapy unit to every oncology unit within the UK.

Geoffrey Bray, Founder and Chairman of FIAG, said: “The fleet industry continues to evolve and change and for those involved it is important that all aspects of running a fleet are properly understood and standards maintained.

“The goal for every professional fleet manager is to implement a sustainable performance programme in all areas of managing the driver, vehicle and journey.

“The costs involved with running fleets are enormous.

“However, understanding the intricacies of fleet is a discipline which, sadly, very few organisations properly understand.

“The traditional fleet manager is now rare and with their passing, companies have lost the knowledge and skill necessary to deliver a cost effective fleet operation.

“There is a real need to reintroduce into the fleet management process individuals with a clear understanding and the necessary skill and knowledge to deliver professional fleet management.

“It is extremely important that best practice processes are implemented within fleet.

“FIAG’s masterclass concept will protect investment, improve operational efficiency and safety and, importantly, demonstrate that management is competent and capable.”

Christine Mills, Founder of Hope for Tomorrow, added“Each mobile chemotherapy unit costs £260,000 to build and maintain for the first three years.

“It is our dream to have a mobile chemotherapy unit serving every county across the UK helping as many cancer patients as possible by reducing the miles they have to travel, the associated parking costs and waiting times for treatment and allowing them to have their treatment closer to home.

“We are delighted that FIAG is supporting Hope for Tomorrow, which has already experienced significant financial benefits as a result of FIAG’s commercial vehicle knowledge.”

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