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Haulage firms could lead way for fleets

THE haulage industry could provide a vision of the future to car fleet decision-makers, according to a leading trade organisation.

Key areas of driver management, taxation and technology currently found in the truck industry may be found in the fleet industry of the future, according to the Freight Transport Association.

Geoff Dosseter, head of external affairs at the Freight Transport Association, said: 'Tachographs have been fitted in lorries for 20 years, but how long will it be before health and safety issues mean fleet cars have them fitted as well?

'Satellite tracking of vehicles is very common among lorry fleets and why should the fleet decision-maker not know where a £20,000 car provided to a driver is at all times?

'Speed limiters could restrict cars to the legal limit, in a similar way to lorries, while driving hours may be more rigorously enforced among car users to ensure employers are not making staff take risks on the road.'

Dosseter, speaking at the 10th annual conference of the Institute of Car Fleet Management, added that although the management of car fleets and drivers was a sensitive issue, fleet decision-makers needed more control of vehicles.

The Freight Transport Association has 11,000 members, running 200,000 goods vehicles, along with one million vans and 200,000 company cars.

He added: 'You might think that driving a truck or a car are two completely different jobs, but they are becoming increasingly similar, with both being driven by white collar professions.'

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