UK company vehicle fleets focus on reducing emissions
By Brian Collett — The managers of UK company vehicle fleets are now gaining enthusiasm for minimising carbon dioxide emissions, reports a survey by Autoglass, the windscreen repair and replacement service.
In three years the emissions issue was found to have leapt from 12th to third place in the fleet managers’ list of 13 concerns.
Altogether 24 per cent of the interviewees rated their concern level at eight or more out of ten. Three years ago only 13 per cent put it at eight or more. The average rating was 5.9, up from 4.38.
Jeremy Rochfort, the Autoglass national sales manager said: “The year 2017 is shaping up to be a green year for UK fleets, following several key measures announced in the Chancellor’s autumn statement, not least the lower tax on ultra-low emissions vehicles.
“Also, the introduction of ultra-low emissions zones in cities like London, which will involve additional costs for vehicles which don’t comply, is helping to focus the mind.”
The managers’ greatest concern again was fuel costs and efficiency, though the average rating was down from 6.94 to 6.63.
Researchers from the London agency Populus had contacted 250 commercial fleet managers for the Autoglass survey in January 2014 and December 2016.