Around 40% of light fleet decision makers say implementing zero emissions policies will be their number one challenge over the next three years, according to a new survey.

Almost four out of 10 respondents named this as their main issue, closely followed by adapting to low emission zones (38%), adjusting to restrictive public policies on diesel and petrol (37%) and mitigating against rising vehicle whole life costs (31%).

Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval mobility observatory

Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval mobility observatory

Source: Arval

Arval’s mobility observatory barometer questioned over 8,600 businesses in 30 countries to obtain their current concerns.

Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval mobility observatory in the UK, said: “There are a wide range of challenges currently facing fleets, almost certainly more than at any point in the history of the sector, and the results for this question in the Barometer show which are weighing most heavily on the minds of decision makers.

“Overall, these difficulties are rated by fleets in much the same order as when asked last year, showing that the issues which our sector faces are persisting.

“Progress is being made in all of these areas, something that we see every day at Arval UK, but none are likely to be resolved very quickly.”

Sadlier added: “Core fleet management issues are also mentioned, especially encouraging more responsible driving and mitigating rising total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Certainly, there is ongoing interest from fleets in increasing the effectiveness of risk management policies, and higher TCO figures for all vehicle types are a concern for almost everyone.”