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Pool cars becoming increasingly more viable for fleet mobility, reports Alphabet

The survey of 250 UK fleet managers assessed both private and public fleets on their preferred choice of transport for staff out of lease cars, grey fleet, pool cars and rental cars. 

For private fleets, the research found that although pool cars are not as popular as leased cars, 24% of those surveyed expressed a preference for them.  

This compares to 43% of private sector fleet managers who prefer their staff to drive lease cars and 28% who encourage drivers to use their own car and claim the mileage back. Only 4% put rental cars as their first preference.

In the public sector, pool cars’ popularity exceeds that of both company cars and grey fleet. 52% of public fleet managers said that they strongly preferred to provide their drivers with pool cars, compared with 26% who said they favoured lease cars and 21% that relied on grey fleet. 

Paul Hollick, sales and marketing director, Alphabet, commented: ‘Pool cars are yet to replace private fleets [lease cars] as the company car option of choice. However, as increasingly innovative outsourced telematics-driven management systems for providing access to shared vehicles reach the UK market, the humble pool car has become a far more viable option for delivering versatile and cost-effective mobility.’ 

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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.