Forward planning crucial for fleets in 2022, Arval advises
04 January 2022
Author: Sean Keywood
Fleets need to allocate time to plan ahead in 2022 when considering subjects such as vehicle orders, rentals, and SMR, according to Arval UK.
The leasing company says this is necessary to help fleets beat vehicle and parts shortages, due to the continuing impacts of both the Covid-19 pandemic and the global semiconductor shortage.
Arval says a forward-looking approach will help it secure volumes of new vehicles for its customers' orders, and help them to remain mobile while servicing and repairs are underway.
Commercial director Paul Hyne said: "We're working tirelessly behind the scenes using our strong relationships with manufacturers and supply partners to make sure that our customers' vehicle orders, and service, maintenance and repair needs are met. However, the impact of the pandemic is here to stay for the foreseeable future - and our industry needs to change to stay ahead of the situation.
"We're working with manufacturers to secure bulk orders of vehicle stock, so if we know a customer needs a particular type of vehicle or there are a number coming up for a service, MOT or repair, we will proactively work with our supply chain to ensure that there is limited downtime or that a rental vehicle is available where possible.
"The pandemic and semiconductor shortages have placed our industry in a position where forward planning is a necessity rather than a nice-to-have and we want to help our customers through this period."
Hyne added that Arval had found manufacturers were currently prioritising EV orders.
He continued: "That's good news for fleets, with the favourable BIK rates today. We'd urge customers, if they know they need larger numbers of a particular type of EV or they're keen to transition to a particular electric van, to let us know in advance and we'll forward order them where possible, as we know there's such a need right now."