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Fleets think being green is important - but half aren't allocating cash to it

Date: 14 August 2008

Just more than half of businesses are not allocating budget to creating a green fleet, although 70% of them rate the issue as 'important', according to a survey of 85 businesses with fleets of up to 100 vehicles.

The survey by Lombard Vehicle Management also found that two out of three businesses showed the desire to choose more environmentally friendly cars, but only one in four are prepared to commit by restricting user-choosers to greener vehicles.

Less than one in five would consider running a fleet including electric commercial vehicles, while only one in three would consider hybrids.

"In many ways the overall findings are not surprising but they are concerning," said Lombard's head of vehicle management Rob Bailey.

"The majority of respondents have fleets of less than 50 vehicles and these companies may be feeling the effects of the tougher economic conditions more than larger businesses.

"It is clear it will be necessary to both educate the business community about the true cost of going green and the financial advantages of doing so."