Automotive Fleet has reported on a survey carried out by GE Capital Fleet Services. The survey found that safety is now the top priority for many fleet managers, with 36% saying it is their biggest concern.

GE said this is a shift since last year, when only 23% of respondents cited driver safety as their top concern and 26% cited cost savings as their top priority.

“Even as fleet managers remain sharply focused on cost savings, more of them are making safety and well-being of their drivers a top priority,” said Mark Hayes, chief marketing officer of GE Capital Fleet Services.

The survey did not specifically ask fleet managers how they address or intend to address various driver safety concerns.

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