The survey, which asked whether respondents believed there would be more fleet managers in 2010 than there are today, showed that 70% believed fleet manager numbers will rise over the next two years.
Their sentiments are also reflected in a recent GE Capital – Solutions report, which stated that while the decline in fleet manager numbers is still evident, the rate of decline has slowed dramatically over the past 12 months.
This slowdown is attributed to the recent growth in company car provision and the need to ensure duty-of-care obligations and environmental concerns are met – tasks that mean for many companies a fleet manager is more important now than ever before.
“There has been a gradual erosion dating back more than a decade of mainstream company car business,” said Colin Bruder, managing director of Network Automotive.
“But there are strong indications the tide is turning.
“Because of their growing risk management responsibilities and general concern over green issues, employers are growing nervous about cash-for-car and ECO schemes.”