The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) is calling for fleet managers to join a range of committees it is setting up to tackle key industry topics.

The recently formed association has announced the formation of its first committee which will advise fleet operators on how to make the transition to electric and alternative fuel vehicles.

The electric vehicle, low carbon and alternative fuels committee will be led by AFP deputy chair Stewart Lightbody.

The committee will investigate the availability of support from central and local government, and the Treasury; home charging policies, employee reimbursement and usage; electric highway charging; best practice for EVs and PHEVs, and alternative fuel vehicles beyond EVs.

The AFP, which was formed in March from the merger of the Association of Fleet Operators and the Institute of Car Fleet Management is also planning to launch another six committees on light commercial vehicles; Covid-19; Government bodies and trade associations; road use and planning; risk and compliance; and future mobility.

Paul Hollick, co-chair at the AFP, said: “One of the major intentions behind the formation of the AFP was that it would enable the fleet sector to speak with a single, unified voice, in order to have the best chance of being heard at the highest levels of decision making, including across Whitehall.

“These new committees, covering what we believe to be the most important issues facing fleets at this point in time, are very much designed to serve as forums for the best new thinking in our industry, where issues and ideas can be discussed and refined into clear policy.

He called on fleet managers to get involved in the other AFP committees.

“It could be that you have a special interest in one of these areas or that you simply believe that you have what it takes to make a contribution in general and would be happy to sit on any of them. We’re saying, ‘get in touch with us, your industry needs you.”