Eighty-one per cent said they did not think it would affect them at all, or not much, while only 6% said it would affect them a lot. A further 6% were unsure. However, demands for fleets to consider switching to alternative fuels are beginning to have an effect, with 57% considering the benefits of taking on liquefied petroleum gas vehicles.
The jump from raising awareness to actually committing to a green fleet is significant, with none of those interviewed actually having alternative fuelled vehicles. Fleet managers were questioned before the Budget's 29% cut in duty on gaseous fuels. Uncertain running costs and availability were listed as reasons for not making the switch. Others included the initial purchase cost of the car, taxation and actual proof of environmental friendliness.