There was a time when a ‘company car’ was a privilege reserved for directors and executives. Today, many staff members receive some kind of mobility solution in their remuneration package. It’s a fiscally attractive way of being paid. And what’s new is that it’s not always a company car. A mobility budget per employee can also include a bicycle or e-bike, a train or De Lijn pass, etc. This freedom of choice is much appreciated, but it does make things more complex for you.
Mobility partner, HR partner
Mobility has become an important pillar of compensation & benefits. Simply put: you attract the right talent with mobility. And you give existing employees who ‘go the extra mile’ an excellent reason to keep doing so. In times when the ‘war for talent’ is in full swing – like now – mobility can make all the difference.
Tip 1: Optimise your compensation & benefits offering with the advice of an expert in the field.
We already mentioned taxation. That brings us to the switch to electric vehicles. In order to boost the ‘greening’ of fleets, the government is planning more tax breaks for electric cars and fewer (or none) for cars that run on diesel or petrol. The installation of charging stations is also applauded by the tax authorities.
Electric vehicles are encouraged, fossil fuels discouraged. Company cars with combustion engines will eventually lose their tax benefits. That also applies to plug-in hybrids.
This ‘greening’ is not something for the distant future; it will happen in 2023. It’s certainly worth preparing the ‘greening’ of your fleet now to enjoy maximum tax and other benefits.
Read more about the updated taxation on company cars.
Tip 2: Get an expert’s view on how to manage the electrification of your fleet.
Flexible mobility solutions
The past two years have proven that only companies that can respond flexibly to changing circumstances will win in the long run. And it doesn’t look like those conditions will become less challenging any time soon; on the contrary.
‘Resilience’ is the magic word. So you should also be flexible when it comes to mobility.
How do you deal with the delivery times of new cars, which are quite lengthy? What about technical unemployment, peaks and dips in activity, and project-based activities? What about the probationary period of new talent in key positions? Have you considered shared cars at work? etc.
Tip 3: Discuss these questions with a mobility partner who will have answers that are tailored to your needs.
Using the right tools
What exactly do you need in terms of mobility? That is a question you should ask at every stage of your company’s life, including at the start-up. But as your business grows, guesswork will no longer suffice at some point. A thorough analysis will provide a solid basis for further decisions.
The right mobility partner will provide you with the right tools to analyse your fleet and identify the type(s) of mobility that best suits your business and your objectives.
Above a certain number of vehicles, daily fleet management also becomes more efficient with the right tool. Fleet Agent is a tool that will make your life as a fleet manager much easier.
It’s important to develop a mobility policy that is precisely tailored to the needs of your company and your employees. Not only today but also the day after tomorrow.
Chances are that this policy contains a combination of mobility solutions: various types of cars according to job classification, operational leasing of electric cars and e-bikes, flexible (renting) solutions for short and long periods, etc.
Tip 4: Choose a partner who thinks with you and can provide the necessary solutions at any given time.
Enlist the right experts
Few sectors evolve as much as mobility and fleet management. Tools are (very) useful for mapping things out. Digitalisation is here to stay. But this does not alter the fact that personal contact sometimes makes the difference.
Call on the advice of experts when necessary.
With their in-depth knowledge of fleet management and taxation, they provide reliable support when optimising your corporate fleet. You can also call on them for consulting with regard to electrifying your fleet (how do you get started, how do you plan for that?) or to draw up your car policy or adapt it to a new situation.
This will enable you to focus on what really counts: running your business!
Alphabet would like to become your personal mobility partner on all these points. Are you interested in a constructive meeting? Leave your details here, and you will soon hear from one of the Alphabet account managers.