A significant proportion of companies are actively seeking both to reduce business travel and to cut the number of employees commuting to the workplace, research by Sewells has found. The study of more than 1,000 British business leaders found the changes were being driven by the cost of travel, its environmental impact and its negative impact on staff productivity.
Car and van fleets add £19.5 billion to the UK economy each year, according to market research firm Sewells, which released the figure during an industry briefing at a recent Fleet200 quarterly meeting.
The figure is based on an average annual running cost of between £4500 and £6500 per vehicle and a fleet car parc, which is said to be roughly 3 million units in total. Therefore the parc is said to add £19.5 billion annually. Based on commonly held long term averages that suggest cars require one new tyre per car per year, this could also suggest that the fleet parc consumes 3 million tyres a year or a bit under 10 per cent of total annual tyre demand.