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Price of fuel tops fleet managers' worries list in 2017

Date: 16 January 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Fuel cost concerns has topped a list of fleet manager issues in 2017, new research has claimed.

According to a poll of 250 fleet managers by window company Autoglass, 66% said the price of fuel is their biggest worry this year, followed by service and maintenance costs (64%).

CO2 emissions are third on the list of concerns, up from the least important worry in 2014 out of 12 options, while at the other end of the scale, driver satisfaction with the choice list was ranked as least important by managers in 2017 out of 13 choices.

Concerns about tax have also increased - from sixth three years ago to fifth in 2017 - which Autoglass said could be put down to changes in company car taxation policies from April.

"2017 is shaping up to be a green year for UK fleets, following several key measures announced in the chancellor's Autumn Statement, not least the lower tax on ultra-low emissions vehicles.  Also, the introduction of Ultra Low Emissions Zones in cities like London, which will incur additional costs for vehicles which don't comply, is helping to focus the mind," said Jeremy Rochfort, national sales manager at Autoglass.