BVRLA Offers Comment On Chris Grayling’s Government’s Pledge For Zero Fleet Emissions

The Government is seeking a zero-emission fleet to be in place by 2030.  This will comprise of fully electric vehicles to reduce emissions harmful to the environment and people.  Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, has confirmed this commitment in a letter to every government department.

British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) made the following statement in relation to this activity.

BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said:

“We welcome the news that Transport Minister Chris Grayling has written to every other department urging them to play their part in delivering the government’s pledge to have a zero-emission car fleet by 2030.

“Unfortunately, this big gesture will have a relatively small impact. To make a real difference, we would like to see the government review its internal policies relating to the use of personal cars for business – known as grey fleet.

“The BVRLA Grey Fleet report published in 2016 estimated that the Civil Service grey fleet mileage was in the region of 265 million miles a year, costing £126m in mileage claims from civil servants doing business using their own vehicles.

“The average grey fleet car is around eight years old and emits 16% more CO2 than an average rental car, which is what Government staff should be using for their journeys in the absence of a practical public transport option.”

So what do you make of this idea?  Do you run a fleet and disagree that this is a legitimate means to reduce emissions?  Are there better ways to fund transport of civil servants?  Thoughts as always are appreciated in the comment section.

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