In 2011 the BVRLA asked transport research body TRL to conduct research into the sustainability credentials of vehicle rental. The study found that:
- Average CO2 emissions from UK rental cars were 12% lower than the average for the UK car fleet
- Rental vehicles are newer and better maintained than the average privately owned car and more likely to be fitted with recent safety technology
- Because they are used more often than the average privately-owned car, rental vehicles are more cost efficient and can help reduce the parking congestion seen in urban areas
- Rental provides a relatively cheap way of accessing cars compared with personal ownership
- Rental provides a key link to other forms of transport
A full version of the research project: Vehicle rental: environmental and sustainability implications can be accessed via the TRL website here.
The BVRLA has produced a high level overview of the research for members to use with their customers when discussing the industry's green credentials. A BVRLA summary of the research: Car rental – the pay-as-you-go route to responsible motoring can be accessed here.
The study shows for the first time that car rental presents a cheaper, safer and more sustainable alternative to car ownership for millions of business and leisure motorists.
The BVRLA will be using this research to help convince policymakers to give car rental more consideration within the general transport mix.