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CLE FER Business motoring strategy and finance

Fleets take action Government

hails CO2 cuts

ahead of new law

The Government has claimed that
the UK is “making progress” on
cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
However, environment secretar y
Hilar y Benn said that there is still
much work to do.
His comments followed the
publication of provisional statistics
Procedures over grey fleets reviewed ahead of Corporate Manslaughter Act for greenhouse gas emissions for
2007, which showed a drop of 2%
BY STEVE MOODY dents are currently reviewing their grey fleet over the previous year. This
duty of care, and a further 22% have already equates to a reduction of 13 million
There has been a massive surge in the completed a review. Of these, 9% have not tonnes of CO2.
number of companies reviewing their duty- only completed a review but have already “These figures show we are
of-care procedures for grey fleet drivers in implemented the necessary changes making progress in cutting
advance of the Corporate Manslaughter Act, Jenny Powley, Arval director, large corpo- emissions and are on target to go
which comes into force next week. rate group, said: “Our original findings beyond our Kyoto targets. But
According to research published this showed that grey fleet vehicles are not there’s much to do at home and
week, nearly three-quarters of fleets are subject to the same rigorous reporting and abroad if we are to going to avert
currently involved in, or have completed, a inspection procedures as company cars, so it dangerous climate change,” said
review process on drivers who use their own is encouraging that this new research has Mr Benn. “But while the Govern-
cars for business. This is in stark contrast to highlighted that the grey fleet safety message More firms are now asking whether grey ment can provide encouragement
six months ago, when only a quarter had is starting to have an effect.” fleet vehicles are being regularly serviced and incentives, we also need
taken any action. However, the figures show that while individuals and businesses to do
The findings are part of leasing giant reviews are taking place, practical action in and whether the vehicles are serviced at their bit to cut their carbon
Arval’s regular research into the subject, key areas is only slowly starting to take regular intervals. footprint because it’s only by all of
and shows that fleet managers are taking effect. In the most vulnerable areas for grey “Grey fleet vehicles that are unsafe and us tackling climate change that we
steps to ensure their firms and employees fleets, 6% more businesses are now checking not fit for purpose put employees and other will achieve success.”
are adequately covered before the new Act. that drivers have the correct insurance, road users at risk, so are a big concern to However, the estimates fail to
The survey found that since the original while 9% more are asking for an MoT certifi- us,” said Ms Powley. take into account high polluters,
research in October 2007, 46% of respon- cate for vehicles more than three years old “It’s also important to remember that a such as the amount of CO2 emitted
safe, well-driven fleet will be more cost effec- from international flights taking off

FLEET ACTION tive and less environmentally damaging.”

Although companies have a duty of care to
and landing at UK airports.
In addition, the final estimates
■ 46% of businesses are reviewing their fleet duty of care. their drivers and should be aware of the will not be published for another
■ 12% of businesses completed a review in the past four months; changes being made. consequences of the Corporate Manslaugh- 10 months and the typical accuracy
■ More than 9% completed a review in the past four months; changes in place. ter Act and health and safety laws, it is not of these figures is put at within 1%.
■ Since the last piece of research, 6% more respondents are checking that drivers of non- entirely up to fleet managers to police the A Department for the Environ-
company vehicles driven on company business have the correct insurance. roadworthiness and fitness for purpose of ment, Food and Rural Affairs
■ Since the latest research, 9% more respondents require drivers of private cars driven on grey fleet vehicles: the Highway Code is spokesman said: “Although for any
company business to produce MoT certificates for vehicles more than three years old. explicit that it is the driver’s responsibility to given year considerable uncertain-
■ Since the 2007 research, 9% more respondents check whether vehicles driven on ensure their vehicle is roadworthy, regularly ties may surround the emissions
company business are serviced at regular intervals. serviced, taxed and insured for use. estimates for a pollutant, it is
■ 16% of businesses do not plan to take any action regarding their fleet duty of care. ■ Advice for grey fleet operators is part of the important to note that trends over
■ 16% of businesses are not aware of the Corporate Manslaughter Act. Risk in Fleet conference agenda on April 22. time are likely to be much more
Source: Arval See page 2. reliable.”


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