The RAC has been providing roadside assistance since 1897. Today, it also provides breakdown cover and insurance to 10.6m motorists and can count more than 25% of all British drivers as members. Under the leadership of chief executive Dave Hobday, 50, RAC patrols attended 2.4m breakdowns in 2018 and new contracts were won with Hastings, HSBC and First Direct. In 2019 innovations including an all-wheels-up recovery service, electric vehicle charging van and heavy-duty petrol van, were launched. The Walsall-based firm is owned by private equity firm CVC and Singapore’s GIC.
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