Today, we are more connected than ever. And company fleets are no exception. The first image that comes to mind for most is that of semi-trailer trucks, but fleet management can be used on cars, vans, trucks, forklifts, mobile construction machinery, aviation, ships, rail cars, and more! We’ll dive in to the uses and advantages of fleet management in this post.
Every business that uses commercial vehicles employs some sort of fleet management strategy. Fleet management devices or apps allow management to oversee fleet performance to keep an eye on vehicle maintenance, oversee fuel consumption and cost, manage drivers, plan out routes, or anything related to productivity and efficiency. Another important part of fleet management is compliance. The electronic logging device (ELD) rule was mandated to help create a safer work environment for drivers and an ELD is a form of technology that automatically records a driver’s driving time.
There are only a few exceptions to the ELD rule including:
1. Vehicle engines that are from the year 2000 or older. This rule has changed to the engine date is the date considered, not the vehicle manufacture date.
2. Driveaway-towaway drivers. Drivers who deliver commercial vehicles don’t own the vehicle and aren’t required to equip with an ELD.
3. Drivers who maintain record of duty status for 8 days or less in 30 consecutive days. These drivers don’t need an ELD but do require paper logs.
4. Short haul exception. This type of driver transports their loads to a specific location within 150 miles and returns home after returning the vehicle.
5. Farm vehicles. This applies to the private transport of livestock, machinery, or supplies that are transported by the farmer or an employee.
Most large wireless providers such as AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless provide fleet management solutions.
There are also several other companies who focus solely on fleet management. Each provider offers a different level of management with various forms of devices or software options.
Fleet management is an excellent tool for companies who have commercial vehicles or other forms of transportation used regularly for business purposes.
Insight is incredibly important for many reasons. Driver safety is of great concern and without fleet management can be difficult to monitor from so many miles away. Dash cams or vehicle tracking systems can monitor driver safety and provide training opportunities as well. Fleet management also offers the opportunity to lower fuel and operating costs by allowing greater visibility into the whereabouts and timing. Another benefit of fleet management is driver retention. With the shortage in available and qualified drivers across industries it’s also important to retain quality drivers by remaining compliant, implementing safety protocols, and building a level of trust between employer and employee.
The benefits of fleet management are far-reaching and even a mandatory feature, but come with a set of challenges including software and application cost, executing the roll out of this technology, and finding the right partner to manage these mobile solutions. Let us help. Start with an inventory of services with cost-cutting recommendations and move into our uniquely successful managed service platform today.