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Road safety is fleet managers' chief concern

HEALTH and safety issues top a poll of fleet manager concerns that also reveals they are keen to reduce the amount of administration involved with the job.

Almost 40% of those quizzed said road safety was their biggest fleet concern, the fifth year in a row it has topped the poll.

Carried out by the UK’s biggest leasing company, Lex, the poll compilers noted that, 12 months ago, half of fleets were concerned about health and safety. This suggested, it said, that companies had ‘either got their house in order or are losing interest in duty of care’.

Vehicle running costs came second in the poll and the biggest climber concerned running a greener company car fleet, which moved to third place from sixth a year ago.

The desire to reduce the amount of administration involved in running a fleet was a new key fleet consideration identified in the study.

Lex managing director Jon Walden said: ‘In many respects we were surprised that going green didn’t come out top of the survey, bearing in mind the exposure this issue has had over the past 12 months.

‘On the subject of safety we talk to many fleets each month and generally most have got the issue under control, which is why interest may be waning slightly.’

Environmental concerns also featured highly in another survey of fleet managers carried out last year by GE Commercial Finance, Fleet Services. It came third in the list behind fuel prices and duty of care.

A total of 134 fleets responsible for more than 40,000 vehicles responded to the Lex survey, now in its fifth year.

Key concerns in 2007

1. Health and safety/duty of care responsibilities for drivers (position in 2006: 1)
2. Vehicle running costs (2)
3. Running a greener company car fleet (6)
4. Fuel prices (3)
5. Legislation (4)
6. Reducing fleet admin (-)
7. Speeding/speed cameras (6)
8. Residual values (4)
9. Congestion charging/road tolls (10)
10. Getting cash drivers back into company cars (6)

  • Source: Lex
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