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Fleets extending vehicle solutions across corporate setting

Businesses are increasingly looking to provide vehicle solutions to their entire employee base including those not entitled to a company car.

And David Bushnell, product manager – mobility, Alphabet GB Limited, has warned that the Finance Bill announcements have now led to discussions over ‘cash versus car’ as companies weigh up which one they choose to offer

Arval says fleets are increasingly expanding vehicle solutions past conventional company car drivers

So says Arval as it adds that there are a range of products including personal lease and salary exchange that can effectively meet this demand, which it believes will be a key fleet trend in 2019.

Richard Cox, fleet consultant at Arval, said: “Many businesses are looking for ways to improve their benefits offering to employees but at zero or little cost. Extending vehicle provision is an excellent solution to this need, especially as a wider range of product offerings are becoming available right across the market. It is now possible to provide a car solution for just about any corporate setting.”

He added: “HR departments are becoming much more engaged so that they can better understand which products we can offer their employees and the value we can add.”

Cox said that the range of solutions available to employees offered spin-off benefits, including a reduction in the managerial difficulties surrounding grey fleet usage and improved environmental performance.

“In offering new, or nearly new, vehicles alongside maintenance and insurance packages, employers can mitigate some of the duty of care issues that are inherent in grey fleet.

“Of course, putting employees into newer cars will almost always also create environmental benefits, with lower polluting cars and potentially wider adoption of hybrids and EVs. This is a definite win from a CSR point of view.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.