Reduce exposure to grey fleet
25 September 2014
Author: Tristan Young
Ashley Sowerby, managing director of Chevin Fleet, advocates a targeted approach to cutting grey fleet.
"If you have a group of people who are using their own cars regularly, even every day, to undertake quite lengthy journeys, then these should be the first to switch into your alternative scheme, whether that be a pool fleet or using more daily rental," he says.
"Over a period of time, you can move over more and more grey fleet drivers, although our experience is that eliminating the use of private vehicles altogether is very difficult and may not even be desirable. If you have someone who uses their own well-maintained and relatively new car once a month to complete a 10-mile business trip and has a clean licence, then they represent limited risk and little cost."
Sowerby also raises the issue that some staff my be resistant to change: "Transferring staff from private to pool or hire cars can sometimes meet with resistance - some will inevitably have got used to having an additional income stream - but this is a move that you are making for sound managerial reasons, with staff safety at the top of the agenda, and this is how the policy should be framed."