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Survey gives view of what makes fleets tick

FLEET managers provided a snapshot of what makes the industry tick during an interactive voting session held on the internet and during the Fleet News UK Congress. Delegates registered their opinions on issues ranging from the future of the company car to their opinions on alternative fuels, the effect of Government taxation and technology.

The results of the internet survey conducted by Fleet NewsNet over the last three weekns were also revealed and compared with views from the audience at the event.

Key findings included continued support for the future of fleet managers, with 75% at the conference backing the idea. About half said they did not have a risk management strategy or plan to introduce one over the next year, while 69% admitted their company did not have an environmental policy.

However, speakers said they were encouraged that some fleet managers were taking action, after other surveys revealed few were taking steps to cut their fleet costs or help the environment.

In one survey, only 10% of fleets said they had taken action to prepare for CO2-based company car tax in 2002. The congress survey revealed 75% planned to take action.

John Lewis, director-general of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, said: 'For those who are not changing, they should be warned that drivers whose tax bills rocket may come cap in hand demanding more money or wanting to hand their car back.'

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