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‘Grey fleet’ low management priority reveals survey

‘Grey fleet’ low management priority reveals survey

A total of 92.7% of companies that use a contract hire or fleet management provider to assist with the running of their fleet deem it as vital for their business, yet only 6% feel they need help with their ‘grey fleet’.

They are some of the statistics revealed in a poll by Grosvenor Leasing, which asked more than 100 customers to rank what was important to them.  

Beyond contract hire and fleet management of cars, the most in-demand services for companies, in order of priority, according to the survey, were online fleet management reporting, with 57.4% rating it as either ‘important’ or ‘very important’, daily rental (47%), easi-Lease, for hires over 28 days (44%), online driving licence checks (40.4%), direct day-to-day contact with drivers (39.6%), accident management (35.8%) and fuel cards (18.5%).  

Interestingly, two of the services widely offered in the sector as being essential for companies with vehicle fleets ranked poorly in the survey.  

A total of 57% of companies felt ‘grey fleet’ management was either ‘unimportant’ or ‘very unimportant’ (with 36.7% remaining impartial to the benefits), and only 17.3% saw the value of risk management with 52% rating it as either ‘unimportant’ or ‘very unimportant’.  

“Our survey drew opinion from a broad cross section of our clients,” said Mary Dopson, Grosvenor Leasing’s customer services director.  

“Those who responded run vehicle fleets ranging from just a few cars and vans up to many hundreds, making this a strong reflection of business needs.  

“Most interesting is the lack of interest in ‘grey fleet’ and risk management because, without proper measures in place, these are areas that could leave a company very exposed if a driver has a serious accident.  

“They are also both areas where a lot of money can be saved and, rather than being viewed as an expense to the business, should be seen as offering a strong return on investment.”