But while those standards have been created and are used by FleetNet's 100 members - among them 40 major leasing companies, 21 systems suppliers, 16 fleet suppliers, seven dealership groups and five daily rental firms - take-up within the fleet industry as a whole has been slow and no motor manufacturers are on board.
This has blocked the road to one other major objective, the universal use of FleetNet's codes by car makers, fleets and suppliers. Now, with the advent of new protocols which will make secure entry into electronic data exchange and trading simpler, cheaper and quicker, the organisation has reached the point where it has to decide whether to continue purely as a forum manned by unpaid volunteers to discuss e-commerce issues and ideas, or to become a commercially-resourced company funded by development fees.
Chairman Peter Minter, of Oasis Global Systems, said: 'FleetNet is serving its purpose in raising the profile of electronic commerce, but the level of support we've had from vehicle manufacturers has been poor and the fleet industry has in general been slow to react to the opportunities. It's fair comment that we haven't achieved everything we aimed for from the outset and we are aware that we may not be able to achieve goals such as universal codes with an organisation that relies on people with other jobs to give up two or three days of their time every few months. The matter's been under discussion for quite a while and will be discussed further over the coming weeks.'