Fleets prioritising mobility benefits of car clubs above cost savings
Mobility is the key factor for many fleets turning to car club schemes rather than cost savings, risk management or sustainability benefits.
The research, carried out by Enterprise Rent-A-Car across 268 managers involved in public and private employee car club programmes, found 29% put immediate vehicle accessibility with no notice required as the main benefit of such schemes, followed by 24/7/365 vehicle availability (24%) and improved employee mobility (22%).
Sustainability and environmental benefits took 17% of the votes, ranking them higher than cost savings, which were seen as the main benefit by only 13% of respondents, or around one in eight.
Even fewer – only 6% – think corporate liability reduction is a significant factor.
Reducing the administrative burden of processing multiple individual mileage expense reclaims was also seen as less important, rated as the key benefit by only 18% of respondents.
Adrian Bewley, head of business rental for UK and Ireland at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said the results indicate a fundamental shift from a focus on operational efficiencies to people.
He added: “Many organisations that had opted to allow employees to drive their own cars for work are now seeing their own shift. Especially in urban areas and among a younger workforce, businesses are increasingly looking for employees to travel to and from work without the use of a car.
“Parking spaces are a premium at offices, and with more employees travelling to and from their place of work via other means we’re seeing a transport modality shift.
“The next question then becomes, as this trend increases, how do employers mobilise their workforce when on campus in the most efficient manner? This is where corporate car clubs, in particular, are proving a great benefit in solving this conundrum. They’ve become the ideal solution for on-demand, easy and convenient employee mobility.”
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