Posted On : 28th Feb, 2018
Employees with fleet responsibility have joined the ICFM in record numbers in the first two months of 2018.
A total of 51 employees from a wide range of organisations operating company cars and vans and ‘grey fleet’ vehicles – privately owned cars driven on business journeys – have signed up to undertake ICFM training courses.
Many of the new recruits have end-user responsibility for company car and vans at their employees. However, new ICFM members are also employed by organisations that work in the supply side of the fleet industry including at companies that have signed up to the training provider’s Corporate Investor Programme, which was launched in late 2016.
ICFM is dedicated to advancing the profession of car and light commercial fleet management through a range of externally endorsed qualifications. ICFM qualifications are viewed as the de facto stamp of approval for employees with fleet responsibility whether as full-time professional fleet managers or as part of an HR, finance or procurement role.
ICFM sales and marketing director Peter Eldridge said: “Businesses are increasingly acknowledging that there is a skills shortage in terms of the fleet management knowledge of their employees.
“Fleet management is almost certainly more complex today than it has ever been with a wide range of new issues impacting on the operation of company cars and vans and ‘grey fleet’ vehicles.
“Central and local government influence on the operation of company vehicles is at an all-time high with the fall-out from Brexit, the May 25 introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the January 1, 2019 introduction of new international lease accounting standards, company car benefit-in-kind and vehicle-related tax, the taxation of employee expenses including mileage allowances, duty of care, the introduction of the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure and air quality concerns and the arrival of Clean Air Zones all to the fore.”
Mr Eldridge continued: “It is therefore critical that employees either directly managing vehicles on behalf of their employer or involved in supplying fleet management products and services have a deep understanding of the issues, the background to them and the direction of travel. Additionally, they must also have a comprehensive understanding of the core topics that comprise fleet management including finance and funding, in-life vehicle management and disposal and managing drivers.
“The ICFM is the only independent organisation that can provide training and insight to employees and enable them to make decisions confident in the knowledge that they have the skills to do so.
“As more issues impact on fleet management so ICFM continues to broaden its training programme to ensure that students are fully equipped to make key decisions that will impact on their employers and their respective fleet operations.”
Additionally, ICFM continues to host regular Masterclasses with fleet industry experts discussing ‘hot topics’ of concern to members.
ICFM now has more than 800 members and is gearing up for its 25th anniversary Annual National Members’ Conference. Entitled ‘Fuel for the Future, the Emissions Dilemma’, the event – the biggest in the annual ICFM calendar – takes place on Tuesday, March 20, at The British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ.