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"Range anxiety is something that goes away once inside the vehicle."The biggest challenge for Avery is the manage-ment of the company's grey fleet, which currently accounts for 40% of the company's mileage.Grey fleet drivers receive the same amount - 0.12p per mile - as the drivers who have opted in for salary sacrifice. Avery believes this should be an incentive for drivers to learn more about salary sacrifice and the advantages of the scheme. "A lot of people do not understand the benefits of salary sacrifice. It's about educating employees. My main objective for the next year is to expand our current fleet while reducing our grey fleet," said Avery. "People may not factor in all the costs that are included in a salary sacrifice product - the residual values, running costs and tax are included."The three key areas that are a real challenge for PWC when managing their grey fleet are duty of care, risk and emissions.Each year every person in the company signs a declaration to say that they have insurance which covers business use. PWC carries out sample testing and audits on individuals. "It all takes resources but we are in a fortunate position to be working for a company that takes it very seriously," said Avery. "We have safety guides available and advice for managers to help drivers."Reducing business mileage is a key part of the company's commitment to the environment, but Avery believes the company needs to be realistic. "We are a people business and need to be able to travel. However, we look at conferencing and other digital platforms when possible."Helping the environment is a key initiative for us, and will continue to be until we have become a zero emission company," said Avery.Sales figuresNewsinsightManufacturer newsFleetprofileRemarketing analysisNews digestCar RecruitmentreviewsPWC's views on EVsRichard Gane, head of automotive, said: "EVs could play a very big part in the future of the automotive market as people become increasingly conscious of the need to switch to more environmental alternatives to lower emissions."Comparative battery performance, availability of battery materials, storage technology, mileage range and the need for a 'smart grid' that can recharge millions of EVs using low-carbon electricity without overloading local distribution circuits are all issues manufacturers need to think about. However, the automotive market is ready to take on the challenge."PWC employees have access to a Mitsubishi I-Miev as a pool car

Current accident management schemes 'are broken'Ford has launched a no-fee accident management programme after declaring the current business model used by fleets is broken.It says inflated costs are leading to increased insur­ance premiums, while its model follows the recom­mendations of the House of Commons transport committee in creating a transparent and efficient programme. Ford told Fleet News that the current fleet accident management business model works by firms taking fees from fleet customers.Read more...Concerns over MOT proposalsFleets will have the chance to comment on any changes to the MOT test once the Government launches its official review.The Department for Transport (DfT) has yet to launch its formal review or its subsequent times­cale. However, it is expected to reveal its proposals in the coming weeks after changes to the MOT test were first mooted last year."We intend to undertake a review of the MOT testing regime, but have made no decisions about any changes to the system," said road safety minister Mike Penning.However, that hasn't stopped Secretary of State for Transport Phillip Hammond suggesting a reduction in the frequency in MOT testing to four years for a new vehicle and then every two years thereafter.Read more...Alphabet widens vehicle choice with ING purchaseThe £569-million deal struck by Alphabet, the fleet News digestMobile phone policies leave fleets exposedWhile there are no official statistics linking the use of mobile phones to the 150 road deaths or serious injuries each week involving at-work drivers in the UK, a study in America has found that almost one in five road deaths caused by distracted drivers involved mobile phone use.Accident investigators are more alert to the use of mobile phones: in the event of a serious accident they will check phone records as a matter of course. If the driver was on the phone - or at some point prior to the accident - both they and their company will be held liable. Among the first questions asked will be: does the company have a policy on the use of mobile phones while driving and what does it do to enforce it?Read more...