York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has almost quadrupled its Enterprise Car Club hourly rental service which replaces the grey fleet, from 10 to 37 cars.
The Trust began operating Enterprise cars at York Hospital in 2014 alongside daily rentals, a programme that has led to an annual saving of £24,000. The new expanded service will now operate at ten locations, including Scarborough, Bridlington and Malton Hospitals as well as other healthcare facilities in the region.
Previously it relied heavily on the ‘grey fleet’ of employees using their own cars for work trips and claiming mileage reimbursement.
Brian Golding, director of estates and facilities at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, comments: “Our car club programme at York Hospital has been a real success and showed that we could move away from the expense and administrative hassles of mileage reimbursement at our other sites as well.
“Enterprise enables us to keep our employees mobile as and when they need it, while helping to reduce costs, meet our sustainability objectives and ensure our people drive safe, modern cars. We’re finding that our employees are driving fewer miles, which is also beneficial.”
Brian Waligora, general manager for the North of England at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, adds: “Mobility is vital for frontline health providers such as the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, but the pressure for the UK public sector is to find ways to make this travel more efficient. The grey fleet can seem convenient, but allowing employees to claim mileage when they drive their own vehicles is estimated to cost it hundreds of millions of pounds per year.”