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Fleet mileage high in second and third lockdowns

Commercial fleet activity has remained high in the second and third lockdowns, thanks to businesses successfully adapting to new ways of working.

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While mileage travelled by Quartix UK customers during mid-March to May was around 50% of the norm, businesses have since successfully adapted to keep activity levels high throughout the following lockdowns

The insights come from tracking data supplied by Quartix and revealing major differences in how business fleets responded to the first, second and third national coronavirus lockdown periods of 2020.

While mileage for the firm’s customers plummeted to around 50% of the norm (based on a date in early March) during mid-March to May, it rose during the summer and hit normal levels in September 2020. Despite a slight dip at the start of November and the second lockdown, activity very quickly rebounded to continue tracking above the norm; also seen in early December.

And although there was a steep decline over the Christmas holiday, new data from January 2021 proves this was temporary, with activity returning to previous levels within days.

Quartix said the data provides a reassuring picture for a wide range of businesses in the UK and shows how successful new ways of working – and more readily available government guidance – allowed businesses to continue functioning, while complying with government safety measures.

The firm added that the surge of activity in the summer was not only the result of the lifted restrictions, but also people uniting with a will to continue business and drive the economy forward.

A spokesperson for Quartix continued: “Whether any of these new ways of working are here to stay, it is clear that UK businesses have shown a remarkable resilience and found innovative ways to overcome the challenges of the last year.”

Further updates from Quartix will provide insight into business fleet activity over the coming weeks and months, with a national lockdown still in place and Brexit changes starting to take effect.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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