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You asked, our Consultancy Bright Sparks answered:

Are you on the road to a greener fleet?

That means developing a policy that is fit for purpose today and in the future. Understanding daily travel needs is key to help the roll-out and secure the benefits of electric vehicles in the future. It’s no longer good enough to look at annual business miles. Fleet operators need to ensure
they have the data and resources available today to identify the daily travel requirements of their fleets, so they can decide which fuel type is best for which group of drivers.

It's time to look ahead and move to a cleaner, safer fleet and Zenith is here to help fleet operators navigate these changes

Claire Evans, head of consultancy

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Are you gearing up for change?

Planning policy in the new era of WLTP

When preparing for the future, the transition to cleaner fuels, reaping the benefits from connected and autonomous vehicles, and enhancing travel options through all-employee solutions are key considerations. To maximise the positive impacts, it’s crucial that fleets gear up effectively.

Recent positive Government announcements on company car tax has left fleet operators wondering how to review their car policy and choice list. Key highlights are Zero tax for electric cars in 2020 and a two-tier company car tax system, with those registering after April using WLTP CO2 emissions.

It’s important to accurately understand the impacts and opportunities to make savings whilst promoting cleaner, cheaper cars. Fleet managers should look at their current car choices and compare today’s total cost of ownership and driver BiK with what this looks like post April 2020.

Working closely with your leasing supplier and manufacturers will keep you informed about future vehicle releases. This allows you to put in place trials of electric and alternative fuel cars, vans and trucks to know where these can work, and what the real-life savings opportunities are.


When designing your policy for a cleaner, safer fleet, there are lots of points to consider, including:

  • Does your policy include sections on eligibility for an electric vehicle?
  • Does it explain how fuel will be reimbursed?
  • Does it inform the driver of charging responsibilities?
  • Do you have a policy that supports effective workplace charging (if offered)?
  • Do you link with a charge point provider to evaluate how on-site and depot charging would work for your commercial and business-only use vehicles?
  • Does your policy include wording to pass responsibility for costs of non-compliant grey fleet vehicles and cash takers travelling into Clean Air Zones in their own cars?
Are you ready for clean air zones (CAZs)?

With the introduction of CAZs, it’s key to know the intentions of the local authorities in areas where fleets operate.

For the majority of car and van fleets on typical three to four year replacement cycles, there will be no impact. Most cities bringing in CAZs are excluding cars and vans, and by the time the zones are introduced these asset classes will be Euro6 diesel and Euro4 petrol – the minimum standard to avoid charges. Although your company fleet may be compliant, cash takers and employees who own their personal cars may be looking for leasing solutions, adding to the attractiveness of all-employee car options.

HGV operators should look at their replacement cycles and understand their travel logistics throughout the UK.

Most CAZs will be charging up to £100 a day for HGVs (Leeds already has approval for a £50 charge, while Birmingham and other cities have submitted similar proposals), and many HGVs on longer-term replacement cycles will not meet the minimum standards.

Are you offering all employees flexible choices?

When setting a car policy fit for the future, consider the driver’s BiK costs.

How much are they prepared to pay for their company car? Employees might not want to pay for the highest specification levels or could be willing to consider a broader range of manufacturers outside of those traditional premium brands.

Offering clean and safe cars through all-employee car options has become an ever-increasing feature this year. Employees are looking to their employer’s reward package to help them with their next car choice. Fleet operators should offer a variety of options to suit their employees, which could be a salary sacrifice scheme or personal contract hire.

Are you tuned in?

In an ever-changing fleet landscape, it’s essential that you have a way to tune in to government announcements.

Understanding the future agenda will help to steer direction when putting in place longer-term strategic plans. At Zenith, we work closely with industry bodies and government departments to ensure our fleet customers have the knowledge they need to maximise efficiencies in this evolving fleet environment.

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