The claim comes as Lex Vehicle Leasing - the UK's largest contract hire and leasing company - relaunches its sale and leaseback service which offers to take the pain out of fleet management by taking on the risk. Managing director Jon Walden said: 'An increasingly volatile second-hand car market will mean companies will have to spend more time considering risk assessment - time which could be better spent focusing on core activities.'
John Dewar, transport manager at Local Health Partnerships NHS Trust, said: 'If a company has a small fleet of about 50 cars, they have got to think hard about outsourcing, but it pays larger fleets with about 500 vehicles to manage it in-house.' But John Laing fleet manager, David Lee, said: 'The days of in-house fleet management are numbered unless a fleet is very large, although strategic management of the fleet must remain in-house.'
But outsourcing will not be a panacea for all ills, according to Whitbread's central services manager Nigel Trotman, who oversaw the company's gradual move into outsourcing its 2,900-vehicle fleet to GE Capital Fleet Services. He said: 'I thoroughly recommend outsourcing, although a lot depends on the culture of the company. If fleet management is not a major part of companies' operations why shouldn't they outsource?'