From the Frontline: Fraikin’s head of UK risk and intelligence David Archer talks about the impact of COVID-19

Will Shiers
March 26, 2020

As head of UK risk and intelligence at Fraikin, one of the country’s largest providers of commercial vehicle contract hire, fleet management and rental, David Archer has had a busy few weeks. But thanks to his forward planning, the company is fully prepared for what lays ahead, and is adopting a business as usual policy.  

“I have a business plan for every eventuality,” he told Commercial Motor, referring to the spread of COVID-19 and its effect on the industry.

Archer mentioned his “bottom drawer plans”, explaining that these were devised for worst case scenarios. He said: “These are the plans you write and tell yourself you will never, ever need.” But recently some of those plans have been implemented.

As a result, according to Archer, Fraikin is coping very well, and is supporting both customers on the frontline who have a demand for additional vehicles, and those who have seen their work dramatically decline. 

He added: “We have a full mobile fitter presence, and all of our depots are fully operational.”

Archer welcomes the DVSA’s decision to extend vehicle inspection times - an additional three months for HGVs and six months for LCV. He said: “So now there is no period when a vehicle needs to be stood down, unless it’s broken down or has defects.”

About the Author


Will Shiers

Will Shiers has held an HGV licence since the age of 21, and has been writing about commercial vehicles for the past 25 years. He started his career as technical editor on Motor Transport, before taking on the editorship of Truck & Driver. Since 2011 he has been the editor of industry leading weekly publication Commercial Motor. Will is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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