The September 2013 meeting at Coombe Abbey included this discussion regarding vehicle choice lists.
The Fleet200 has reported a reduction in the number of car brands on their choice list from 10 down to 7 since 2010.
- Identify the rationale for managing a reduced number of vehicle brands on the choice list:
- What triggers a change in strategy?
- How influential is the company car driver in the choice list selection?
- How does your vehicle choice influence your grey fleet?
· The general trend appears to be reductions in choice lists
o One fleet from 10 to 2, (including VW group, where whole group choices available)
o Some fleets have tendered choices – but some specific premium brands still make it onto fleet lists occasionally due to manager pressure or HR team pressure
o Smaller manufacturer lists mean better discounts
· Cars very emotive, people will swap jobs for a better car
· CO2 caps influence many choice lists per job level, resulting in lower BIK
· Some manufacturer choices come from top level of business, in other cases could be linked to partner businesses
· Fleets may subsidise drops per level – one gives £22.50 per month back into salary per level dropped, other gives difference between actual rental and max permitted
· Increase in quality and technology of cars means choice lists constantly changing
· Many people see badges as key – will take smaller premium model and increase spec over luxury volume brand
· Extras an issue - one driver paying £400 extra a month over rental price, another fleet counters by taking extra difference upfront, or setting a specific ‘option list’
· Safety extras an issue – some fleets looking to compensate drivers wishing to add safety features
Grey fleet choices hard to police - Business insurance + licence minimum, but some specify 3yr age limit. Non-essential use only.
· Issues in case of RTC if not correctly insured or notified – but still impossible to police e.g. runs to bank, say some
· One fleet introduced policy to reclaim expenses for travel in grey fleet if not correctly authorised