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Adrian Bewley's blog: Macro factors are changing how we think about mobility

Date: 15 August 2019

A swathe of new legislation and macro factors are affecting the business mobility landscape to an unprecedented extent. 

The introduction of Clean Air Zones (CAZs), like London's ULEZ, is encouraging people to think differently about how they drive into and within cities. Employees need more choice if they're to avoid being charged for driving higher-emission vehicles and reduce their impact on the environment.

Employees who drive their own privately-owned vehicles, or have older company cars, or who acquired high-emission vehicles through salary sacrifice or PCH initiatives, need new choices to avoid incurring these additional costs. It's as if the 'with/without CAZ' demarcation is creating new priorities for everyone that needs to operate within these zones.

In addition, Nottingham has introduced a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) and other cities are considering doing the same. With less parking space likely to be available in urban centres, the daily commute will be more difficult, as will be an employee's ability to just get in their car at 11am and drive off to a meeting. Both private work-related and business motoring could be under unprecedented pressure.

More people may work from home. Or they may use shared/public transport for the commute and require access to different forms of transport once they're at the office for business trips. This is why we're introducing a new offer in Nottingham, allowing employers to bank the money they would have spent on the WPL with Enterprise Car Club and receive double credit. 

As employee mobility becomes hemmed in by these changes, the need for flexibility and fluidity in business travel increases. And it's as much driven by end-users facing new challenges as it is by businesses looking for better cost control and managed risk. 

Many employees still make a lot of trips and need dedicated company vehicles. At the same time, there's a growing need for more choice in how people access mobility for ad hoc business trips. This means multi-modal travel that's easy to book and pay for and encompasses a range of distance and time increments. 

Organisations are now thinking about what type of provision their employees really need, and how best they can deliver it. With so many external factors now affecting the ecosystem, there's value in an approach that prioritises choice and puts control in both the hands of the end-user and the business.

Adrian Bewley is assistant vice president of business mobility in the UK and Ireland for Enterprise Rent-A-Car