Jeans had warned: 'We must remember the AA is not just another roadside recovery facility whose services we buy in for customers. The fleet industry and its customers have benefited from this independent voice, whose strength and authority come from the fact that the AA has been a mutual organisation and therefore speaks for its vast numbers of subscription members. I have doubts that this authority and influence will be lost if the AA simply becomes a brand of Centrica.'
But this week Jeans said his fears were unfounded and he was reassured by comments following the purchase by Centrica that the AA would continue its well-known role. Jeans said: 'Questions we raised have been answered.' Centrica completed its £1.1 billion purchase of the AA with a promise to plough millions of pounds into new technology and services at the breakdown company.