In a Fleet News straw poll of leading industry players, demand for a co-ordinated, long term transport strategy was top of most executives' wish lists from a future Labour government. The overwhelming view was that while tinkering around with car taxation threatened to tax the company car out of existence, it would make only a small contribution towards addressing the real issues of congestion and pollution.
Shadow transport spokeswoman Clare Short has said Labour is intent on framing a coherent 20-year transport policy. That stance has been applauded by fleet chiefs, who say the whole issue of a national transport strategy should be placed above party politics if UK plc is to benefit. At the same time fleet industry figures have called for:
As a result of the Fleet News poll, editor Ashley Martin has written to Short expressing fleet industry concern as to how a future Labour government will treat the company car.