The start point for the best source of fleet information
Fleet training organisation ICFM has announced record numbers of new members during the first two months of 2018.
A total of 51 employees from a range of organisations operating company cars and vans and grey fleet vehicles have signed up to undertake ICFM training courses.
Many of the new recruits have end-user responsibility for company vehicles.
However, new ICFM members are also employed by organisations that work in the supply side of the fleet industry including companies that have signed up to the training provider's Corporate Investor Programme, launched in late 2016.
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."
Eldridge said that key issues included: Brexit; the General Data Protection Regulation; new international lease accounting standards; company car benefit-in-kind and vehicle-related tax; 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.
He added: "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.
"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."