Avis Diesel Rental Fleet Increases By 7% Since January 2005

Misfuelling incidents stabilise as driver diesel acceptance increases

Avis Rent A Car has seen the diesel penetration of its 18,500 strong rental fleet increase over the past 12 months.

It has risen from 11% to 18% and Avis anticipates it increasing to over 20% in 2006 as it works with manufacturers to source more diesel cars to meet demand.

At the same time Avis has seen drivers misfuelling diesel cars with petrol stabilise on the back of more drivers running diesel cars.

Avis puts the diesel growth down to three key areas:

  • The acceptance finally by corporate and retail drivers that they are happy to drive a diesel car
  • More fleet rental policies being formulated that insist Avis puts their drivers predominantly into diesels
  • More diesel cars going into the rental sector from manufacturers because of a strong demand for used diesels in the second hand market

"We are working with more companies to set up structured rental policies that look at reducing cost and improving fleet efficiencies," explained Stuart Gent, Avis Rent A Car’s managing director.

"We recommend diesel where drivers are travelling long distances or using larger cars such as MPVs. Based on these recommendations, more companies looking to reduce their overall rental fuel costs, we have had to increase our diesel fleet accordingly. We are constantly looking to source more diesels," he added.

With the advent of increased diesel penetration in the fleet market, manufacturers are now more comfortable to spread their rental volume across petrol and diesel, mainly because of the stronger demand for diesel cars in the used market.

With more company motorists now driving diesels, the age old rental problem of misfuelling has stabilised. Currently Avis is experiencing around 20 incidents a month, many of which were down to inbound renters or UK based retail motorists rather than corporate renters.

"We have a constant education programme going on to ensure drivers don’t misfuel their car when we hand over a vehicle and in recent months the number of incidents has stabilised. This is good news overall for fleet costs as misfuelling is classed as driver abuse so the hirer or their company has to foot the bill to repair the car," said Gent.

25 January 2006 Staff

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