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Don't panic over election, fleets told

THE fleet industry has little to fear from whichever one of the two major political Parties wins the May 1 general election, according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association and the Association of Car Fleet Operators.

In recent weeks BVRLA chairman Aidan O'Kelly, country manager of Hertz UK, and ACFO chairman Tony Leigh have individually met leading figures in the Conservative and Labour Parties and this week they both concluded that 'the industry had few concerns' whichever Party wins the general election.

O'Kelly said: 'We are relaxed about the future for the fleet industry. We have spoken to both major political Parties and they appear to have the same agenda and don't want to take any action which will damage the motor industry.'

Agreement came from Leigh, who has met both Transport Minister John Bowis and shadow Transport Secretary Andrew Smith in recent weeks, and said: 'There is nothing which worries me about either Party. The fleet market can relax. I don't believe there are any causes for concern, no matter who wins the election. There are no major differences between the two Parties.' However, Leigh believes that with neither Party planning to spend 'vast amounts of money' on the UK road network there will be encouragement for people to use public transport and leave the car at home where possible.

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