AfMA Fleetdrive Issue 15 | Page 2

Executive Summary Mace Hartley Executive Director Hello and welcome officially to 2019 from the AfMA team. I trust you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday period surrounded by family and other loved ones. It might only be February but the past couple of months have certainly been busy for AfMA as we plan events, initiatives, and opportunities to connect with our members and others within the fleet sector. Excitement grows as we finalise the program for our annual Australasian Fleet Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne on May 22nd - 24th. Toyota and Toyota Fleet Management are the event partners and this year’s conference which been supersized, it now includes an all- new Safety Field Day at Sandown International Raceway on Wednesday 22nd sponsored by Pedders. The Fleet Networking Dinner will also feature the annual Fleet Awards where we recognise an individual as Fleet Manager of the Year and award the Fleet Safety and Fleet Environment awards to leading organisations. Nominations remain open and can be submitted via email or calling our office team. The 2019 Australasian Fleet Conference & Exhibition will deliver 20+ educational sessions with 30+ speakers and 50+ exhibitors over 2 ISSUE 15 2018 / WWW.AFMA.NET.AU the three days. It represents an outstanding opportunity to see what the future might hold, understand advances and use cases for new technology whilst connecting with like-minded fleet professionals. Your career advancement matters to us, AfMA exists to promote fleet management as a genuine profession. We link people with knowledge and create outcomes. Make 2019 your growth year by participating in our regular Professional Development Forums held around Australia and we’re taking expressions of interest for the 2019 QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and WA cohorts for Swinburne’s Diploma of Leadership and Management contextualised for the fleet and automotive industries. This issue of FleetDrive is an eclectic mix and features a variety of crucial updates on issues affecting the industry such as the ongoing Takata airbag recall, the dilemmas of regional road safety and an explanatory “how-to” guide for fleets that are actively considering a move towards electric or hybrid vehicles in the coming year ahead. It’s worth noting that selected advertising and editorial opportunities remain available for future issues of this