Regular vehicle inspections are a vital element of fleet management. Pre-use defect inspections are a prerequisite for both FORS and Van Excellence operating standards and for companies with a Vehicle Operators Licence, it is essential that they operate within the DVSA safety and maintenance guidelines.
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Running a fleet – if not done properly – can be a legal minefield, and we can’t stress enough how vital it is that you (a) understand what’s expected of you/your company/your drivers, and (b) know what to do in order to fulfil those obligations.
Continue reading “Managing legal compliance and risk”
Keeping a fleet of vehicles on the road takes an awful lot of organisation. 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 the 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…and the list goes on.
This information is gold dust for fleet managers – it tells you all you need to know about fleet performance, efficiency and economy – but the sheer quantity of data and delivery formats can create confusion for even the most switched-on of fleet managers.
Do you have it covered?
Continue reading “What exactly is fleet management?”
Many employers choose to lease their cars and vans with an inclusive maintenance package. It’s a good idea, helping to spread the cost of maintenance and removing managerial issues of having to look for suppliers.
However, just because you have chosen “with maintenance”, you should not assume that your vehicles are actually being maintained.
Continue reading “Are “with maintenance” vehicles being maintained?”
Not much notice is taken of the fact that probably by far the most popular tool used for managing fleets is not designed for that purpose at all. It’s Excel, the Microsoft spreadsheet.
This isn’t just the case in small fleets. We quite regularly come across organisations who have adopted a combination of spreadsheets and paper systems to run fleets of more than a 1,000 vehicles.
However, compared to specialist software, this approach cannot help but produce poor results. Continue reading “The limitations of spreadsheets for fleets”