Fleet Management Explained

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					?If you have more than two company vehicles, you have a fleet. As with all business
components, fleets need managing and this can include a wide range of duties
including vehicle financing, maintenance, tracking and diagnostics, driver
management, fuel, and health and safety management. Fleet management minimises
the risks associated with vehicle investment, improving efficiency, productivity and
ensuring that overall transportation costs are kept to a minimum. They are either dealt
with by a dedicated in-house fleet management department or outsourced to a fleet
management provider.

One of the most fundamental components in fleet management is vehicle tracking.
Modern technology in the form of GPS tracking devices has made tracking and
diagnostics much more efficient and easier, leading to far more efficient fleet
management overall. Vehicle trackers allow a fleet manager to know exactly where
every vehicle in the fleet is at any given time and gives them the opportunity to plan
the most efficient routes and reduce waiting time for customers. Vehicle tracking also
introduces safety and crime prevention elements by allowing a silent alarm to be
triggered if the vehicle is stolen or involved in an accident. This is particularly
important if the fleet operates in more remote areas and can mean a far more rapid
response to an emergency system. The introduction of ‘Low-Jacking' technology also
means that if a vehicle is stolen, the engine can be disabled remotely by the fleet
manager and the Police can be directed to the exact location of the vehicle. This
reduces recovery time for stolen vehicles and therefore the costs associated with
vehicle theft.

Tracking systems can also provide fleet managers with crucial data for mechanical
diagnostics including mileage and fuel consumption, speed and direction. This
enables fleet managers to build up a profile of the activities of both driver and vehicle
and if the driver is persistently speeding, for example, the fleet manager can then
implement actions to reduce this behaviour. Speeding uses up fuel and by monitoring
the average speed of the vehicle, larger fleets can make considerable savings in their
annual fuel bill. It also presents a far better image of the company to the general
public, particularly if your fleet is made up of sign-written vehicles or carries the
company's logo.

One very important part of fleet management is duty of care. In April 2008, the UK's
Corporate Manslaughter Act was strengthened to target company directors as well as
their drivers where road accidents that resulted in deaths were caused by fleet vehicles.
The Police now treat every road death as an ‘unlawful killing' and are determined to
bring prosecutions against company directors who fail to provide clear policies and
guidance for employees who drive on company business. Vehicle tracking systems
incorporate software that can build up a profile of a driver's habits, so enabling fleet
managers to monitor behaviour on the road and just how safely company vehicles are
being driven. Part of fleet management is also the essential maintenance of fleet
vehicles, ensuring that every vehicle is roadworthy before leaving the depot.
Diagnostic information provided by vehicle tracking systems can make this task much
easier, preventing vehicles that may be faulty or dangerous from being used. This
ensures that a fleet manager's duty of care to both the public and their employees and
drivers is maintained at the highest level.

Fleet management is a complex and far-reaching position and is far more than just
knowing where drivers and vehicles are or occasionally checking the oil levels in the
fleet vans. With the assistance of modern technology such as GPS devices or vehicle
tracking systems, that job has now become much easier.
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Kent Stabler - Marketing Manager - Chameleon Direct are suppliers of gps vehicle
tracking systems, gps tracking devices, hands free car kits and speed camera detector
equipment. Our vehicle tracking aims at helping improve your fleet management.
With over 1 Million UK customers Chameleon Direct also provide hands free
installation services.

				
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