Fleet managers view duty of care as their top concern

Written by Ellie

Duty of care is by far the biggest challenge facing fleet decision makers, according to a recent survey conducted by Fleet News.

More than three in four (78 per cent) private sector respondents cited duty of care as their top concern during research published by the company vehicle magazine.

Over in the public sector, duty of care remained the number one challenge, but the proportion that believed this dropped to 56 per cent.

For the remaining portion of private sector respondents, cost and emissions were the top concern (six per cent), while 28 per cent of public sector fleet bosses cited cost as their main fight; the remaining 11 per cent went with emissions.

Responsibility

Road safety charity Brake reacted to the findings by saying: “Organisations have a responsibility to manage their grey fleet as diligently as they manage company-owned or leased vehicles.

“In the UK, an organisation can be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter if an employee is involved in a fatal crash while driving his or her vehicle for work.

The group added that there could be serious financial, environmental and health-based consequences if grey fleet standards were not improved.

Grey fleet will remain a vital proposition for private sector fleets with 94 per cent believing grey fleet size will grow (48 per cent) or remain the same during 2018, while a third reckon the number of miles racked up by grey fleet vehicles will grow this year.

More than half of public sector fleets (55 per cent) reckon grey fleet size won’t change before 2019, with a fifth expecting more grey fleet miles.

When it came to tackling grey fleet, two-thirds of private sector fleets plan to do nothing, while one in six will make greater use of daily rental vehicles.

Additionally, a quarter of public sector fleet said they had no plans to introduce initiatives to reduce the role of grey fleet, while just under half would turn to car clubs and car sharing schemes.

Ben Robb, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, commented: “It has become increasingly common for organisations to curb the role of grey fleet in their operations and this survey paints a broader, more detailed picture.”


Posted on 21st March 2018

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