They, along with hundreds of thousands of company motorists, will be making their votes count in today’s General Election. Despite transport getting a low profile on political party election agendas, it is an issue close to the hearts and minds of the general public as is proved by recent protests held against speed cameras on the M4 and against rising prices at the fuel pumps.
Fleet decision-makers in the UK have been having their own say in two early General Elections on the internet, one hosted on the FNN homepage and the other by ALD Automotive. In both cases, the majority of fleet executives responding voted in favour of the Conservative Party returning to power.
Despite this, many national polls and political pundits are predicting a Labour victory despite attacks on Tony Blair’s honesty.
The ALD Automotive poll asked ‘which of the three main political parties do you think will have the most positive impact on the running of your fleet and the UK fleet industry in general?’
Conservatives won 72% of votes in the ALD poll and 59% in the Fleet NewsNet election. The Liberal Democrats secured 18% of the votes in the Fleet NewsNet poll and Labour 14%.
Other parties got 9% between them. In the ALD poll Labour and the Liberal Democrats each got 12% of the votes cast with the remaining 4% answering ‘don’t know’.
ALD Automotive marketing director David Yates said: ‘It is clear that fleet decision-makers believe that the Labour Party has done little for the company car and the fleet industry since coming to power in 1997 and think that the Conservatives offer a fresh alternative that will be beneficial.’
When voting on Fleet NewsNet, respondents were invited to outline whey they had chosen a particularly political party.
One Conservative supporter simply stated: ‘It is time for a change.’ Another comment was that the party has ‘more sensible policies on transport’ and one respondent believes the Tories ‘see the transport question in a far more positive light than any other party’.
Results of the FNN election poll
Liberal Democrats: 18%