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Housing association to drive down grey fleet usage with car club

Wakefield housing association WDH has introduced two car club cars at its Castleford head offices as it looks to reduce cut back on employees using their own vehicles for business.

WDH car club Oct 17

Housing association to drive down grey fleet usage with car club

Run through Enterprise Car Club, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost Ford Fiestas were chosen for their low carbon emissions and are available for employees to book online or through the Enterprise Car Club mobile app on an hourly or daily basis.

As well as cutting CO2 emissions and reducing the administrative burden of grey fleet cars, the vehicles will also enhance WDH’s fleet risk management. All Enterprise daily rental vehicles are put through a 25-point check before each hire and Enterprise Car Club vehicles have an inspection every fortnight. Recent research by Enterprise found nearly half of grey fleet drivers across Europe (43%) do not undertake any regular maintenance checks themselves on their cars.

In addition, all drivers have undertaken a driving assessment before being confirmed on the car club programme.

Simon Gutteridge, sustainability manager at WDH, said: “We’ve been keen to move away from mileage reimbursement as it’s expensive, increases our carbon footprint and makes it hard to manage our duty of care for driver safety. åçA dedicated car club offers us an ideal alternative that addresses our concerns.”

The attached photo shows (L-R): Liam Farrar, transport manager at WDH; Simon Gutteridge, sustainability manager at WDH; Steve Wood, regional sales manager at Enterprise.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.