Government policies guiding public sector fleet strategies, finds LeasePlan research
Over half (58%) of public service organisations believe government policies to reduce vehicle emissions have changed their vehicle fleet strategies, according to research from LeasePlan UK.
The report, carried out in association with iGov Survey to reveal the key priorities, trends and challenges for public sector fleets in 2016, looks at how factors such as environmental considerations and procurement options are influencing the choices being made across public sector organisations.
The survey also looked at the rise of technology such as telematics and found that 57% of participants having already introduced, or have plans to introduce, telematics to monitor vehicles and employees.
The research also covered salary sacrifice schemes, with 66% of respondents 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.
Other areas covered in the report include terms of procurement and the grey fleet.
Oliver Boots, brand director of Automotive Leasing, LeasePlan’s division 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, with 38% stating the need to introduce these vehicles into their fleet in order to meet upcoming environmental legislation. The impact that the changing political landscape will have on the public sector, in more than one way, is very apparent.”