When considering which supplier to go with and how you should design your fleet (including the contract terms, management through systems and development of the ongoing tax solutions), it is important to align your company values with the fleet offering.
If your business is focused on the green agenda then it doesn’t make sense to put gas-guzzling vehicles on your company car list. And, of course, if you’re wanting to be a green-conscious business that is trying to develop its offering in line with values that show integrity then by being a responsible employer you will choose a list that has low CO2, hybrids and electric vehicles. Something that is inevitable within the next 5-10 years.
Whichever way you decide to go, shop around and take advice from the fleet providers. In my experience, whilst they are of course there to sell, most have pretty strong ethics around fleet management and so once you’re agreed on what’s important, it then simply becomes a commercial discussion.
What is clear though, is that company cars will be here for a long time to come and getting a benefits strategy that is clear about company cars if you offer them is crucial to sound HR.
Howard Sloane, HR Director