EXCLUSIVE: 9% of UK employers have amended fleet policy due to homeworking

Just 9% of UK employers have amended their fleet or mobility policy following the increase in homeworking, according to research by Arval Mobility Observatory.

According to its 2022 Barometer report, which surveyed fleet decision makers in in Europe and the UK, 86% in the UK have not made a change to their fleet or mobility policy and 5% are considering making one.

Of those who have undertaken changes (7% in Europe), 39% of fleet decision makers in the UK have introduced mobility solutions for employees that are ineligible for a company car, compared to 19% in Europe.

More than one-third (37%) in the UK have added car sharing for employees compared to 25% in Europe, while 38% have revised the model or mileage aspects of their company car policy versus 29%.

Additionally, when it comes to developing alternative mobility solutions such as bicycles and scooters Europe is ahead, with 22% of respondents having taken action compared to 14% in the UK, where no tax or regulatory framework exists to increase its adoption.

Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: “The trend towards increased homeworking has been one of the most visible effects of the pandemic for businesses and there is clearly potential for making changes to travel policies in response. This is taking several forms: a move towards their adoption for employees ineligible for a company car, the introduction of car sharing, and the development of a range of alternative transport modes such as bikes and scooters.

“In two out of three of these areas, the UK is showing a marked level of enthusiasm compared to the European average. The research doesn’t drill down into why this is the case, but the most likely explanation in our opinion is the proactive culture that exists around UK fleet and mobility managers.”