Fleet: 63% want better regulations for future technologies, survey finds

A survey by the British Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has found 63% of fleet managers, rental operators and leasing companies want to see better regulations regarding the protection of driver and vehicle data.

BVRLA survey finds that data regulation is a key concern for fleet operators

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A quarter of the respondents cited this as the main hindrance for introducing new technologies in the sector. This is reflected by the slow uptake in telematics, with many fleets seeing less than a quarter of vehicles fitted with the technology.

However, over half (54%) of those surveyed thought that in-car telematics would still become the most common tool for collating driver and vehicle information over the next five years. The survey also revealed that fleet budgets are generally increasing, with over half expecting an increase this year.

Despite the extra cash to spend, only 26% claimed to be an early adopters for new technology platforms such as telematics, with 60% stating they will wait until it’s clear that it will be a safe, profitable move.

Dash cams could become key for collating data in the next decade

Aside from data concerns, the survey also suggests that Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and dash cams could be key for improving fleet road safety over the coming years.

Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive, said: “The automotive industry will experience more change in the next decade than it did in the previous 50 years.”

The BVRLA Chief Executive also told delegates that the association has identified the priorities it needs to address on behalf of members.

Evolving technology is key

“What we are seeing is not one revolution - it is three. We are seeing radical changes in the way vehicles are powered, operated and used. These three revolutions will benefit society but create new challenges for fleet operators.”

The association plans to focus on these evolutions over the coming years, helping the fleet industry introduce and regulate new technology as it becomes available.

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