Government policy influencing fleet mobility

LeasePlan UK has published a new report in association with iGov Survey showing that over half of public sector fleets believe government policies have influenced their mobility strategies.

The survey, conducted online between July and August 2016, questioned a broad cross-section of managers, heads of departments, directors and c-suite executives across 137 unique organisations. It considered how factors such as environmental considerations and procurement options are influencing the choices being made across public sector organisations. For example, 58% of respondents admitted that they believed government policies to reduce vehicle emissions had changed the way they employ mobility and vehicle fleet strategies.

Also, as public services are in the midst of unprecedented change as the digital revolution takes hold, the survey looked at the rise of technology such as telematics, with 57% of participants having already introduced, or have plans to introduce, telematics to monitor vehicles and employees.

Another area covered within the report includes salary sacrifice schemes, with a significant 66% claiming that they have no plans to use or consider operating these schemes for staff. The report takes the impact of the HMRC’s recent consultation on salary sacrifice into consideration, with 22% of those surveyed claiming they have plans to review their current scheme in light of the potential changes.

Oliver Boots, brand director of Automotive Leasing, the branch of LeasePlan that provides fleet and mobility solutions for the public and not for profit sector, said, ‘This survey of Public Sector organisations has unearthed a number of interesting discoveries. For example, it has revealed how the adoption of technology to deliver ever greater efficiencies is becoming ever more apparent to anyone operating vehicles within the public sector. We can also see that the public sector is really leading the charge when it comes to driving the rise of electric vehicles.’

Over 200,000 vehicles are currently leased or financed to the public sector.