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Survey highlights crucial fleet areas

A STUDY of 2,000 company car drivers has highlighted areas fleet managers should concentrate on to ensure staff safety out on the road.

Some companies could do better in checking driving licences, offering driver training and penalising drivers who cause accidents.

The 2006 Company Cars: The Drivers’ Perspective report, produced by Bank of Scotland Vehicle Finance (BoSVF), also found that the threat of diesel reaching a record £1 per litre has done little to stop drivers choosing diesel-powered vehicles.

More than 70% questioned as part of the survey drive a diesel, compared to 58% in 2005 and 50% in 2004.

BoSVF director of new business, Sean Bingham, said: ‘For the company car driver, even with the increase in benefit-in-kind tax being applied to diesel vehicles this financial year, diesels are still more tax-efficient and still present many benefits with diesel being around 25% more fuel efficient than petrol.

‘However, with rising prices at the fuel pumps, fleet managers should be looking seriously at their fuel policy and if they haven’t got one in place now is the time.’

The survey also discovered that for the first time in five years annual business mileage has decreased to 16,170. Its previous surveys have noted mileage increases year-on-year and last year, the figure reached 17,844 miles annually.

The report says: ‘The results show that over a five-year period annual mileage has increased by 13%, a move that challenges views held by the Chancellor that business mileage has decreased year-on-year.’

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