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Fleet Managers express a positive outlook for the year ahead

Eight out of 10 (81%) fleet managers are expecting their fleet to grow or remain unchanged over the next year, according to the Alphabet Fleet Management Report 2012. This is up from 70% in 2011, while 31% anticipated an increase in their fleet budget (compared to 27% in 2011).

Paul Hollick, sales and marketing director, Alphabet said: “A thriving fleet is fundamental to the good health of the wider automotive industry. The optimism identified by the survey therefore makes for an edifying read. Fleet has outperformed the private car market through the recession and the government should carefully consider making sweeping changes to vehicle excise duty, company car tax and capital allowances; especially where it affects the market for ultra-low carbon vehicles as fleet managers have clearly stated that the cost of going green is a concern.

“We wait with interest to see if the government increases the subsidies for electric vehicles to help push the market. Meanwhile, an education job is required to address the misapprehension that switching to greener vehicles is a cost to be written off, when in principle pursuing green fleet policies will deliver cost savings in a number of different areas, especially fuel.”

The AFMR 2012 also looked at where fleets are prioritising investment. Pool cars, increasingly seen as a cost-effective and more financially manageable alternative to hire cars and taxis, proved to be the most popular area of existing investment for fleet managers.

In addition 40 per cent of the fleet managers surveyed have invested in hybrid vehicles (up three per cent from 2011), 37 per cent in telematics (down seven per cent) and 28 per cent in electric vehicles (up six per cent).

The public sector is leading the way on tech investment however. Public sector fleets were considerably more likely than their private sector counterparts to have invested in each of the technologies covered by the survey. In fact, technology investment was a far greater preoccupation for public fleets than privates ones, with 50 per cent of public operators listing it as a concern vs. 19 per cent of companies.

 

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