The latest data from the BVRLA shows that membership numbers continued to rise during 2019, ending the year with 1,007 organisations in membership, up 2% on the previous year.
2019 saw more rental, leasing & fleet management, commercial vehicle and associate members joining the BVRLA family and the association also welcomed members to its new Fleet Operator category. Leasing broker numbers reduced slightly, largely due to consolidation in the sector.
The total BVRLA fleet size grew modestly during 2019, with members collectively responsible for just over 5.1 million vehicles, up 2% year-on-year.
Cars continue to be the most dominant vehicle type on fleet, up 1.5% at over 4.1 million. The number of vans and trucks on fleet also continues to grow, with both the LCV and HGV fleet sizes increasing by 4% and 1.5% respectively.
The size of the short-term rental fleet continued to grow at a stable but modest rate of 1%, in line with the previous year, with just under 480,000 units. A slight reduction in the size of the rental car fleet was offset by an increase in the commercial vehicle rental fleet.
Personal leasing contracts continued to represent the highest level of growth in 2019, up 6% year-on-year, accounting for over 2 million vehicles. The number of personal contracts taken out on both cars and LCVs grew, whilst HGVs saw a small reduction.
There was no change to the total number of business contract hire vehicles on fleet, remaining static at around 2.6 million, with a modest reduction in the size of the car fleet being offset by an increase in commercial vehicle business leasing.