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News fleetnews.co.uk/SME September 2011 7Free advice to help plan fleet and travel policiesACFO's journey planning guide is being used in membership recruitment driveBy Gareth RobertsACFO is hoping to recruit new members with the publication of the second in a series of helpful guides designed to influence fleet and travel policies.The guide, called From A to B: The ACFO Guide to Journey Planning, is designed to provide a basis from which public, private and voluntary sector organisations can look at how effective - and sustainable - their existing mobility options are.Ford has launched a no-fee acci-dent management programme after declaring that the current business model used by fleets is "broken".The company says inflated costs are leading to increased insurance premiums, while its model follows the recommendations of the House of Commons transport committee in creating a trans-parent and efficient programme, which will drive down the total costs of claims."Ford's accident management programme is great news for customers," said Paul McDer-mott, Ford collision repair manager. "It takes over many complex parts of the repair process such as contacting the insurance company, organising vehicle recovery and providing a courtesy car, with a single phone call."Volvo is training its corporate sales team and business centre dealers to help businesses under-stand corporation tax, leasing disallowance and Approved Mileage Allowance Payments (AMAP).So far the in-house corporate sales team has received the specialist training and that is now being rolled out to Volvo UK's 24 business centres in its national dealer network.Volvo national corporate opera-tions manager Selwyn Cooper said: "The tax rules are compli-cated, and depending on a customer's personal situation, play a great part in determining whether they would be better off driving a company car or buying the car privately."Jeff Whitcombe, who devised and delivered the training along-side David Rawlings, said: "With the right training, a corporate sales manager can offer in-depth and insightful guidance to the It only takes seconds of sleep behind the wheel to cause a fatal crash, but research released by Brake and Cambridge Weight Plan reveals one in eight drivers has 'head-nodded' at the wheel in the past year.Head-nodding occurs when someone nods off for between two and 30 seconds, often without realising that they have been asleep.The survey of 1,000 drivers also revealed risky behaviour among many that can contribute to tired-ness, with one in four admitting embarking on a journey when they already felt drowsy.The vast majority (86%) are also failing to follow best practice advice on dealing with tiredness by stop-ping somewhere safe for a nap.More than a quarter (29%) put their own and others' lives on the line by continuing their journey after they notice the first signs of drowsiness.In addition, one in seven drivers surveyed (13%) reported suffering from a health condition such as sleep apnoea that makes them tired during the day. Sleep apnoea can cause daytime sleepiness, and in some cases can cause the sufferer to fall asleep without warning.From A to BThe ACFO guide to UK journey planningInitially launched to ACFO members only, the guide can now be downloaded free of charge as a pdf document from the link on the main home page of the ACFO website - www.acfo.org. There are also limited supplies of the printed version available on request from the ACFO Secretariat by email (info@acfo.org) or phone (01730 260162).The 28-page guide suggests that corporate travel - whether by company car, employee's own car, hire car, public transport, motorbike, bicycle or indeed car share - should be overseen by a 'business mobility manager'. The manager could also influence the increased use of technology-based solutions to travel - telephone and video-conferencing, instant messaging and Voice-over Internet Protocol - as well as smart working.Historically, the car has always been the preferred form of travel for the vast majority of business meet-ings and appointments. But this is not always the optimum option in terms of cost, time, reducing risk exposure or carbon-cutting.ACFO chairman Julie Jenner said: "This guide is not about reducing business travel - although clearly that may be possible. But as a direct result of reading the publication, Motorists admit to taking risks by driving when feeling drowsyFinance training for Volvo teamcapemployees in charge of corporate travel maybe able to implement positive changes that also lead to improved corporate efficiency."'The car is not always the optimum option in terms of cost, time, reducing risk exposure or carbon-cutting'No-fee accident service launched