Broaden your knowledge

Our whitepapers offer advice and guidance on a range of key subjects, written by highly experienced fleet experts.

What exactly is fleet management?

Once upon a time, fleet management was largely about handling practical tasks as they arose in order to keep vehicles legal and drivers productive.  Data was minimal; technology basic.

Modern fleet management is a very different story. Every day your business is bombarded with information from all directions – information about where your vehicles are, how much they’re costing, how they’re being driven, the contracts they’re on, the fuel they’re using, the upcoming to-do list… the list goes on.   Whilst this information is gold-dust, the sheer quantity can create confusion for even the most switched-on of fleet managers.

5 ways to reduce fleet fuel costs

In order to offset rising fuel costs, businesses normally find that they need to make efficiencies in other areas of the organisation that can affect growth. Finding ways to reduce fuel costs, without cutting staff or vehicle numbers, is paramount to maintaining a successful business.

In this whitepaper, we share some insights to help you reduce your fleet fuel operating costs.

HR issues with fleet management

HR issues are complex long before you start to factor in the HR link to the fleet. Daily challenges include recruiting employees, arranging and carrying out training, protecting employee rights and ensuring legal compliance, to name but a few.

These tasks are integral to the running of the company.  And vehicle management should be taken just as seriously. For instance, business owners would never think of allowing employees to operate dangerous machinery without stringent safety measures and policies in place; but such measures are often overlooked when it comes to vehicles.

Grey fleet – the hidden and unmonitored millions

Commercial fleets are obvious targets for driver safety programmes, but what about the estimated four million drivers who are using their own car for business?  Either running errands for their employers, meeting with customers or using their own vehicles as subcontractors to larger commercial enterprises to install products or services?

Cost effective fleet management

Cost effective fleet management may seem like a simple enough concept, but without the right approach it can be complex to implement.  Fragmented data and a lack of consistent, reliable stats can make it hard to achieve the level of control needed to run a cost efficient fleet.

Understanding your goals and aligning them to a well thought-out action plan will help you focus on gathering the exact information you need to measure your progress. With the right tools, metrics and data, you can increase the productivity of your fleet against your company’s bottom line – and what’s more you can prove it.

Legal compliance and risk management

Running a fleet can be a legal minefield.  It’s vital that you understand what’s expected of you, your company and your staff, and to know what to do in order to fulfil those obligations.

These days so much focus is channelled into reducing fleet costs – and quite rightly so.  For most companies the fleet features in the top three most costly assets, so cost control is vital.  However, in the absence of a robust framework of legal compliance, your money-saving efforts are worth nothing.  A single incident leading to prosecution could see your hard work come tumbling down around you.

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