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Road infrastructure and vehicle tax biggest challenges facing fleets, Arval survey finds

Date: 09 July 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

A lack of road infrastructure, leading to greater congestion, and increased vehicle taxation are the two biggest issues facing fleets in the next five years, according to leasing company Arval. 

It's one of the findings from the firm's 2019 Mobility Observatory survey, which asked 3,930 fleets a range of questions about fleet and mobility trends.

When asked what they thought would be their major challenges during the next five years, 49% named infrastructure, and 30% said tax. 

Other issues named included: unclear government policy towards transport, named by 19% of respondents; the implementation of alternative fuel policies (19%); increased driver personal taxation (16%); and the introduction of more clean air zones in urban areas (16%).

Arval's UK head of Mobility Observatory Shaun Sadlier said: "The breadth of issues mentioned in response to this question shows that fleet and mobility managers are facing some very difficult challenges over the next few years.

"Probably the most interesting aspect is that the majority of these issues are linked to external regulatory and policy factors that have an impact on fleets, rather than being practical issues.  

"Some of these, such as clean air zones, are generally supported by fleets who are well aware of the need to make their transport activities as environmentally responsible as possible. 

"However, the fact that 19% of fleets believe government policy is unclear and that large numbers mention both vehicle and personal taxation is certainly frustrating." 

Sadlier added that he was unsurprised to see road infrastructure topping the list of challenges.

He said: "When we talk to fleet and mobility managers, there is a general level of concern, not really over the building of new roads, although these are needed in some places, but at the condition of existing ones and the impression that they are not being used to their maximum efficiency."