For the majority of businesses the vehicle fleet is one of the highest costs and greatest risks.
1 in 3 of all of work-related accidental deaths
results from work-related road accidents
(Source Health & Safety Executive)
The continuing increase in fuel costs and insurance premiums puts pressure on operators and the requirement for a better margin has produced a vast industry developing with a bewildering array of different products claiming wonders.
Fleet management is about
- controlling and reducing operating costs
- risk management
- controlling the behaviour of staff (drivers) who are remote due to the very nature of driving. We believe drivers education backed up by monitoring systems enable managers to focus on the expectations and not be swamped by the masses of data, using the 80/20 rule. 80% of the saving from 20% of the worst offenders.
What services are available?
Driving licence checks
It is the company or operator who is responsible for ensuring that the drivers of their vehicles hold the required licence. DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) expect licences to be checked every six months. A simple visual check will not expose the increased number of drivers who are passing fake or revoked licences leaving the company exposed to the dangers of their vehicle being uninsured and liable for the full cost of any accident and potential claim of hundreds of thousands if personal injury claims are involved
Driver profiling identifies high risk drivers by assessing their perception of risk and attitude towards regulations such as speed limits etc. Profiling can be used as part of the recruitment process and risk policy such as post accident debrief and assessment.
Tracking systems are increasingly common place as the costs have reduced. They provide information on the location and routes vehicles have taken enabling them to be used to monitor speed amongst other things. Tracking is also very useful in refuting third party insurance claims.
On Board vehicle Monitoring
Vehicle monitoring systems which monitor fuel consumption and the driver behaviour, including the things which affect it such as engine idling, harsh braking, fast cornering etc. In addition monitoring such events can improve driver behaviour and has a positive effect on accident rates and the wear and tear on vehicles.
Fuel Bulking controls
Monitoring and managing fuel consumption is not a lot of use if fuel is being stolen. Fuel bulking control ensures that the fuel bought is put into the company vehicles
Forward facing cameras
Forward facing cameras see what the driver sees. The camera operates continually recording to a buffer which is over written unless an event occurred such as harsh braking, cornering of impact when the recording is saved to a memory card. The period of time held on the buffer which can be varied, normally 20 to 30 sec is sufficient. Forward facing cameras are used in conjunction with trackers and are the ultimate tools in addressing the problem of claims against your driver for no fault accidents. They are also useful in improving the driving standards, as you can see what the driver sees and you can view the reasons for harsh braking events.
Remapping remaps (changes the settings) the ECU ( Electronic control Unit- the computer which controls the engine). The manufacturers setting are a complex set of setting made for the mass markets for which they are designed . From example settings will enable it to work at a temperature of 50 degrees but also at minus 30. The flexibility comes at a price. A van in the UK does not need this flexibility as it is never going to be exposed to the extreme temperatures. Remapping improves fuel efficiency by changing the settings to what is required. Improvements of between 8 and 10 percent are commonly achieved. By limiting speed and acceleration but retaining the torque at the bottom end there is no affect on the load pulling ability of the vehicles etc
Call us on 01275 390001 or contact us to discuss your options,
and how we can improve efficiency and increase your profitability
What can you expect from a fleet management programme
A 15% saving in fuel cost plus and 5% reduction in insurance costs has been achieved from an “unmanaged” system. More realistic and what we recommend clients use for cost benefit analysis is 8% to 10% saving on fuel and to hold the insure premiums at current levels as opposed to the 20% increases which are the industry norm.
How we help
You benefit from our expertise in selecting the right product and supplier. You will have a project manager to coordinate the process who has worked
- with the supplier before
- suppliers who have worked together with products which are compatible
Why we use associates
Your assured of the best product for your needs, supplied by experts . Our associates have been chosen because of what they have done for previous clients and their ability to work together to deliver the results you require.
Call us on 01275 390001 or contact us to see how
Fleet Management can add to your bottom line profits
Our Diverse Range of Clients include:
- owner drivers to multi-national hauliers
- national charities to Government enterprises
- all sectors from food distribution & groundworks to art galleries & road management companies
Qualifications and Memberships
- RSA Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC Holder)
- Class One LGV licence with over 25 years practical experience
- IOSH qualified (Institute of Occupational Safety & Health)
- Graduate in Transport Management & Economics
- Freight Transport Association
- Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
- Federation of Small Businesses
- Driver CPC Training