Reluctance to give up company car
There is evidence from Arval that the move towards shared mobility may be based a little more on words than on action. The company has carried out a survey (the Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer) which finds that almost half of UK businesses say that they are interested in trying corporate mobility solutions – but just 2% would consider giving up their company cars.
When questioned, 48% of UK fleets said they would consider using car and ride sharing in the next three years, the highest percentage across a dozen European countries included in the survey. However, just 2% said that they would give up their company car for car sharing (when a vehicle is used by more than one person) and it was the same figure for ride sharing (when more than one person makes the same journey).
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval’s Corporate Vehicle Observatory in the UK, said: “There has been quite a lot of talk in the media and elsewhere about the rise of mobility solutions. We support this discussion – we have recently introduced a range of mobility products ourselves and believe that they will come to play a larger role in business travel. However, the fact is that the company car has been the number one business travel solution in the UK for approaching 50 years now for a long list of very good reasons. It remains the most efficient, cost effective and popular way for most employees to undertake the journeys they need to make. This is especially true when you look at the real-world routes that company car drivers take, which often include multiple stops or travel to places where there is simply no practical public transport alternative”.