In business there are some occupations that are easy, and some that are not so easy and fleet management falls into the latter category. It is not just about getting company vehicles on the road; it requires the ability to merge mechanical and human abilities into one functioning unit.
A group or collection of company vehicles is called a fleet, so as the title says, it is about the management of a fleet of vehicles. These vehicles can be commercial motor vehicles such as cars, vans, trucks, specialist vehicles (such as mobile construction machinery), and trailers. It can also include planes and helicopters, ships and rail cars.
But vehicles don’t drive themselves, well not yet, so there is also the human element that needs to be taken into account and managed.
A Fleet Manager must look after the fleet, the drivers and what else?
Fleet management includes a range of functions such as vehicle financing, vehicle maintenance, vehicle tracking and diagnostics, driver management, speed management, fuel management and health and safety management.
They are responsible for purchasing and insuring the vehicles, ensuring that the vehicles are maintained and able to function as required. This is done by allocating manpower and financial resources.
A Fleet Manager also needs to be held accountable for the employees that drive the vehicles – the safety of the drivers, what to do if the vehicle is stolen or involved in an accident – as well as all legal implications.
As a Fleet Manager, don’t take all the responsibility, rather be an overseer and make people responsible for the vehicle they drive.
Track vehicles and drivers with data relevant to your industry and requirements.
Monitor the following:
Keeping track of all of this data will help you manage your fleet efficiently and accurately.
Define who is responsible for what role.
Just because a potential employee has a driver’s license doesn’t mean they are the correct candidate for the position. Different vehicle classes have different licence requirements. Employ the correct drivers for the class of vehicle they will drive.
Fleet management is not a guessing game.
Up skill your drivers, have them trained to improve their driving skills and other relevant knowledge required to do their job best.
Ensure they know:
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Applying these tips will assist you in improving the management of your fleet vehicles – whether your fleet is big or small – a fleet of two scooters, or a fleet of 200 trucks.
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