Entire fleet of 130 vehicles will be green by end of 2023 subject to availability from car manufacturers
DM Hall, one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of Chartered Surveyors, has made over two-thirds of its substantial car fleet all-electric (EV) or hybrid (PHEV).
Of its 130-strong car fleet, used principally to convey its surveyors to inspect, assess and value residential and commercial properties across Scotland, the firm boasts 28 PHEVs and 4 EVs, with a further 45 PHEVs and 7 EVs currently on order.
And while costs on both types of vehicles continue to escalate and waiting times can be as much as 12 months, the drive towards a wholly green vehicle fleet is unstoppable.
DM Hall Managing Partner, John McHugh, said: “We are doing all we can as a firm to mark our 125th anniversary with a decisive move to becoming a greener business.
“It is in the nature of our profession that we must be mobile to perform our surveying duties, so the attraction of helping to create a cleaner environment while at the same time reducing our overheads by going green makes an excellent business case for doing right by doing well.
“A further appeal of running a green car fleet arises from the tax breaks which both colleagues and the firm will enjoy, including lower road tax, more generous benefit in kind rules and greater annual capital allowances.”
With 24 offices and over 250 members of staff including 25 Partners, last year DM Hall celebrated 125 years since its foundation in 1897.
To mark the anniversary, and as a symbolic investment in the future, earlier in 2022 the firm also undertook the planting of 125 trees in Cashel Forest, a 3,000-acre estate by Loch Lomond which is being transformed with native Scottish species into the “Forest for a Thousand Years”.