conjunction with Fleet News. The Fleet News/Avis Rent a Car research sounded out companies on key issues facing fleets, including the environment, workplace parking charges and the vital issue of fleet funding.
An overwhelming 84.4% of firms which replied to the survey said that despite higher taxes, the rising cost of petrol and growing alternative forms of remuneration, they felt there was a future for the company car.
The survey also revealed that 90% of company cars were at least in part an essential business tool, with more than half saying 70% or more of the car's use was essential.
And in a show of support for the vital role that can be played by a fleet manager in ensuring low vehicle running costs, 83% of firms surveyed said they employed a full or part-time manager to run their fleet.
There is also a willingness to change among fleets, with 99% of those surveyed saying they would consider use of more environmentally-friendly vehicles, 66% saying they would consider home-working and two thirds agreeing CO2-based taxes were fair. Nearly a quarter of fleets say they would consider setting up a car club, such as the ones launched by Avis Rent a Car in Oxford and Budget Car and Van Rental in Scotland.
Carolyn Emberton, fleet director at Avis said: 'The results from the survey help to reinforce the necessity of education to raise awareness of Government transport policy and the cost implications that this could have on fleets. However, it also points towards raising awareness of the transport initiatives that are in existence and work well.'