Magazine article Management Today

Fleet Car: Introduction

Magazine article Management Today

Fleet Car: Introduction

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As a family man, I wondered if Gordon Brown could get his wife plus brood into a Fiat Cinquecento or Renault Twingo as he popped off for his summer hols in Southwold. (He tools around in a chauffeur-driven, armour-plated Jaguar, so he doesn't have to worry about these things.)

But the tax onslaught he has unleashed on family cars is one of the many aspects of his behaviour since he came to power that has got right up the nose of Middle (and Northern and Southern) England.

It's all very well suggesting that we should all downsize when it comes to our wheels, but it's also actually quite eco to hang on to your ageing people-carrier. The energy involved in manufacturing a new car is huge and it would be no bad thing as we grapple with global warming to consume a bit less. One thing's for sure, as governments race to save the planet - and tax us on our carbon use ever harder in the process - errors will continue to be made.

The fact that Jeremy Clarkson has described the Toyota Prius as 'god awful . …

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