THE Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) held its third annual conference at the British Motor Museum in May.

Patrick Fagan, Business Development Director of AFL, attended the event, so Broker News asked Patrick (inset, above) for a leasing broker’s view of the event.

He told us:

“The conference serves as a pivotal event, bringing together industry leaders, fleet managers, and technology innovators to discuss the future of fleet management, share best practices, and explore the latest technological advancements.

“As the broker market engages with more and more fleet customers it is important that AFL is able to share in these discussions.”

There were a total of four sessions during the day. These are the views of Patrick on each of these sessions.

New OEMs entering the UK market

Jeanette Griggs of BYDThere have been a huge number of new entrants to the UK, typically from China but we got to hear from both Jeanette Griggs from BYD (pictured left) and Peter Renton at Omoda & Jaecoo. From AFL’s point of view it is important to stay ahead of technologies and costings on new product.

Compliance around engaging with driver and the risks associated

Navigating the complex landscape of regulations and compliance is a significant challenge for fleet managers. AFL is dedicated to understanding current and upcoming regulations, such as emissions standards and driver hours-of-service rules. The panel provided updates and strategies for adapting to regulatory changes.

Decarbonisation options available to fleet operators

Sustainability has become a critical focus for the automotive industry. This session on green fleets explored the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid technologies, and alternative fuels. The panel discussed the regulatory impacts, cost-benefit analyses, and infrastructure requirements. AFL needs to guide the transition of our fleets to greener vehicles and offer practical insights.

EV charging developments

Looking ahead, the conference offers future trends in the automotive fleet industry. Technology relating to the new charging options available include work, home, and on the road. Government incentives for smaller businesses to take on more chargers as well as supporting the acquisition to homeowners. 

And Patrick’s final thoughts on the day?

“AFL recognises this conference as an essential event for anyone involved in fleet management. It provides a platform to learn about the latest trends, technologies, and best practices, while also offering invaluable networking opportunities.

“By attending, AFL can stay ahead of industry developments, enhance our operation, and contribute to our fleet customers a more efficient, sustainable, and safe future for their fleets.”

Paul Hollick at AFP Conference 2024

Overview of the AFP Conference 2024

The Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate, new manufacturer entrants, controlling insurance costs and skills shortages were the big issues facing fleets over the next 12 months, Paul Hollick, Chair of the AFP (above), told the 230 delegates at the AFP Conference 2024.

“The ZEV Mandate is already affecting which vehicles fleets are buying with many manufacturers being told that they need to take a certain percentage of electric vehicles (EVs) as part of any order. 

“New OEMs are already entering choice lists. While there are questions being asked about the risk of taking on their cars and vans, there are also advantages in terms of price and availability. 

“Meanwhile insurance premiums for some fleets have gone up and there’s  a potential future skills shortage.”

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