Top 10 Fleet Management Problems and Challenges
March 15, 2016 at 2:33 PM
Finding drivers and then retaining them is one of the most time-consuming challenges of being a modern day Fleet Manager. Advertising, interviewing, vetting, recruiting and retaining the candidate takes so much time that unfortunately it often means that the manager is taken away from focusing on actual fleet managing itself. Here's the top 10 challenges fleet managers face today:
1. Finding Drivers and Retaining Them
Finding drivers and then retaining them is one of the most time-consuming challenges of being a modern day Fleet Manager. Advertising, interviewing, vetting, recruiting and retaining the candidate takes so much time that unfortunately it often means that the manager is taken away from focusing on actual fleet managing itself.
2. Safety of Drivers
Managers are heavily engaged with on a day to day basis reminding and ensuring that their drivers drive safely and adhere to safety policies. It can be extremely expensive for a fleet company to deal with any form of legal action taken against it especially in regards to driver safety.
3. Driver Compliance
Fleet Managers must be highly conversant with the latest rules and regulations regarding driving compliance. To exacerbate matters, Fleet Managers operating within the EU must be fully aware of compliance regulations which have now superseded previous national compliance laws that they used to follow.
4. Information Overload
Many Fleet Managers are complaining at the overload of communication especially in electronic formats. With the advances in technology, many managers are increasingly having to become IT literate due to trying to meet the demands of responding to huge amounts e-mails and text messages. Instead of technology reducing mail it appears to have increased it, unfortunately.
5. Flexible Fleet Management
One of the most important skills of the fleet Manager is to be able to manage his or her fleet whether stationed locally, nationally or internationally. This is probably the Fleet Manager's biggest challenge.
6. Safety Costs
Fleet Managers are concerned with the burdening costs associated with safety. Although there are benefits of installing rear view monitors overall costs and profitability is being affected.
7. Consistent Data
Fleet Management Companies invest heavily in technology and data resources with the expectation that that the data will be accurate. As with most modern technology, there are days when glitches and anomalies can occur which undermine and contradict the strengths of using data technology hence the accuracy and consistency of the information are sometimes inaccurate.
8. Fleet Management Software
Not only can it be sometimes inconsistent but for some Fleet Managers they find the whole process of using the technology over convoluted. The software needs to be more sensitive to users that want to extrapolate simple straight forward information.
9. Timely Data Information
With ever increasing traffic and congestion problems, decisions have to be made quickly and strategies devised even quicker. A lot of Managers feel very frustrated when expensive Fleet Management software has been purchased yet the information relayed back to the screen appears very slow and cumbersome.
10. Driver Distractions
Technology for the driver especially the use of personal possessions can be very distracting at times. Although it is hard to prove, many Fleet Managers believe that many of their drivers instead of focusing entirely on their job are instead engaged with using non-work related electronic items whilst driving.
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