Maintaining the flexibility of business transport will be the key challenge facing fleets as future mobility strategies start to take effect, says FleetCheck.
Following the publication of the Government’s Future of Mobility Urban Strategy, the fleet software specialist says it is important to keep journeys as simple and effective as possible.
Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: “We fully support the ultimate aims of the Government in improving air quality, reducing carbon emissions, cutting congestion and making cities more pedestrian friendly.
“However, we must not lose sight of the fact that the success of fleets in underpinning business comes from their sheer usability.
“You can get into a car or load a van and drive straight to your destination. This is especially true of multi-stop journeys.
“Ultimately, anything that undermines this core tenet needs to be treated with extreme caution.
“While fleets must play their part in the future of mobility and meeting the Government’s environmental and social aims, we must also work to ensure that businesses continue to enjoy the benefits of flexibility as much as possible.”
Golding said FleetCheck will be working with some of its customers on last-mile delivery solutions.
“However. It needs to be recognised that many multi-stop journeys, such as a sales person in a car visiting three locations in a day, or a technician in a van servicing a dozen different sites, simply cannot be displaced by any other transport method,” he added.
“The cars and vans used for those applications will change over the next few years and we have great hopes for the ultimate level of adoption by fleets when it comes to electric vehicles, but those journeys require one vehicle and one driver.”