Fleet management can be a challenge, from costs to manage and accidents to deal with, leaving you to ensure you’ve got the right vehicles for the project at hand. While there are many things that you can do to help improve how you manage your fleet, we’ve detailed some of the current challenges fleets are facing, to help your fleet management.
- Getting On Top of Your Grey Fleet
Your grey fleet is the vehicles your employees own but drive for business journeys. They can slip through compliance, so get together with your HR team and review how many grey fleet drivers you have. Generally grey fleet vehicles are older than company cars, so they’re not as efficient. Things like service history, MOTs and insurance should be reviewed on a regular basis and will ensure that the cars are running as efficiently as they possibly can be.
- Alternative Fuel
With environmental concerns coming to the fore, petrol and diesel are fast becoming the dinosaurs of the fuel world. With electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars storming the market, the options for your fleet to become more eco-friendly are myriad.
The more eco-friendly your company car is, the better your tax rate will be. Take a look at our post on the Best Electric Company Cars for some of the different options.
- The Semiconductor Shortage
The semiconductor shortage has huge impacts across a number of industries, including the motor industry. See our full breakdown of what’s happening, why it started and how long it will continue in our blog post on the subject.
Renting vehicles can help you stay mobile in these uncertain times. Whether you need a quick turnaround on a vehicle replacement, or you need vehicles across the UK for different projects, rental vehicles can give you that option with ease, without having to compromise on the vehicle you want or need.
Nexus’ vehicle rental management platform makes renting vehicles even easier. With access to over 550,000 vehicles, you can make a booking in less than 30 seconds, and analyse usage once your drivers are on the road.
- Driver Wellbeing
Looking after your drivers is one of the best things you can do. A tired driver or one that isn’t driving well will have an impact on the efficiency of your fleet.
Use telematics data to not only identify the bad drivers and to implement training where necessary, but also to identify the good drivers to reward them, whilst encouraging improvement.
Fatigue, stress and tiredness in a driver can increase the likelihood of a collision, so it’s important to manage these aspects of a driver’s well being too. Things like creating forums for drivers to discuss their mental health, checking in with your drivers and planning trips to ensure breaks and reduce stress will all help.
- Up and coming CAZ
Clean Air Zones are popping up across the country, in a bid to reduce pollution and improve air quality. There are a number in the works, so make sure you’re keeping up to date with the latest information (and are sharing this with your drivers) so you don’t get caught out and end up having to pay charges unexpectedly.
At the time of writing, there are CAZ in Bath and Birmingham, with Oxford, Bristol, Bradford, Portsmouth and Newcastle all planned for this year.
Take a look at our blog post explaining CAZ in more detail.