A high-profile interview panel of RAC directors, fleet managers who are ICFM counsel members and leading fleet industry figures was scheduled to determine final selection for the second scholarship course which was due to start shortly. However, only Paul FitzGerald, fleet department manager of JCB, returned the formal application form and, this week, the RAC said a lack of candidates had forced it to 'reluctantly postpone' the second phase of the cheme.
RAC director, fleet and accident services, Penny Hadfield, said: 'With screening to be done on submitted applications, followed by interviews, the RAC had no 'pool' from which to select successful candidates and we reluctantly decided to postpone. We are bitterly disappointed. We can only review the situation in 12 months' time to decide whether to re-start the scheme or to cancel.'