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New laws give fleets more clout

GIVE us more legislation, not less, fleet managers have pleaded with the Government. In order to give fleets more clout in the boardroom, more than half have asked for more government support, a study has found.

But any directives from Whitehall must be clear and concise to ensure fleet managers have clarity over what they should be doing to protect at-work drivers.

The findings come from an exclusive survey of fleet managers that also reveals widespread support for the forthcoming corporate manslaughter bill.

Last month, Fleet News reported that one clear message from September’s two Hit for Six conferences was the fact that fleets are not getting enough executive support to run safe, efficient cars and vans (Fleet News, October 12).

The latest survey, carried out by National Car Rental and Fleet News, shows the vital role policy-makers can play in ensuring company car drivers remain safe on the roads.

Lorraine Farnon, divisional vice-president and sales director at National Car Rental, said: ‘The survey sends a clear message to the Government.

‘The vast majority of fleet managers want corporate manslaughter legislation and want the Government to bring some much-needed clarity to help them understand what they should be doing to protect employees driving for work.

‘The good news is that it looks as if legislation will be passed by July 2007. For 50% of the fleet managers surveyed, legislation will help force an issue they feel is not getting board-level attention.

‘It will give them the clout they need to get this on the agenda to make executives realise the serious implications this has for the profitability of their business.’

The study also highlights the importance fleet suppliers play in helping companies meet their duty-of-care obligations.

Farnon added: ‘What is also clear from the survey is that many businesses are already preparing themselves for the introduction and impact of the new legislation.

It was encouraging to see that fleet managers are getting support in this respect from their suppliers.’

Almost 600 respondents answered the online survey.

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