Vehicle Fleet Maintenance and Management
Article Index
Vehicle Fleet Maintenance and Management
1.1 The Importance of Fleet Maintenance
1.2 Why Fleet Maintenance and Management Is Important
1.3 Fleet Maintenance and Management Software
1.4 Fleet Management Using a Tracking System
2.1 Examples of Vehicle Fleet Maintenance and Management Awards Sources
2.2 Frost and Sullivan European Fleet Telematics Company of the Year Award
2.3 Top Fleet Maintenance Software
3.1 Motor Age Magazines Top Shop
3.2 Top 100 Fleet Programme Winners
3.3 The Top 20 Public Sector Fleet Winner
3.4 Commercial Fleet Award Winner
3.5 Transport Award Winner
3.6 Automotive Fleet Manager of the Year
3.7 Total Productive Maintenance Excellence Award Winner
4.1 Electric Vehicle Capitals of the World
4.2 The Origin and History of Global Fleet Management
4.3 Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance in Asia
4.4 The Future of Telematics in Fleet Management
4.5 Operational Fleet Management Plan 2015-2020
5.1 Warrensburg Collision Lean: Two-Second Improvements
5.2 Innovative Process Improvement to Transform Your Operation
5.3 Telematics: Condition-Based Maintenance
5.4 Estimated Work Times
5.5 Fleet Management Policy
5.6 Fleet Management Policy
5.7 Fleet Management Hottest Topics Discussed
6.1 Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) Articles on EMS
6.2 Measuring Fleet Effectiveness
6.3 Useful Key Performance Indicators for Maintenance
6.4 Fleet Management Good Practice Guide with Self-Assessment Tools
6.5 Fleet Maintenance from the Operational Perspective
7. What do business leaders say about vehicle fleet maintenance and management?
8. Conclusion
A vehicle fleet is a group of vehicles used by an organisation for the purposes of work. These vehicles are usually owned or leased by a business (for example, a car rental or bus company) or government entity (for example, a municipal utilities department or the police or fire service). They can include cars, utility vehicles, motorcycles, heavy and industrial-use vehicles, trailers, as well as all forms of aircraft and boats. While vehicle fleet  maintenance may appear technical, its primary focus is to ensure an organisation’s vehicles are safe for use and roadworthy.

Fleet management encompasses fleet maintenance, and aims to develop strategies to maximise the life span of    a fleet of vehicles. It also governs driver behaviour. Most fleet managers use fleet maintenance or management software to track driver activity, vehicle maintenance details, and to determine ways to optimise their use. This information exchange between a vehicle fleet and a central authority is known as a fleet telematics system.

In This Report

  1. What is "vehicle fleet maintenance and management"?
  2. Which organisations have received recognition for excellence in vehicle fleet maintenance and management?
  3. How have organisations reached high levels of success in vehicle fleet maintenance and management?
  4. What research has been undertaken into vehicle fleet maintenance and management?
  5. What tools and methods are used to achieve high levels of success in vehicle fleet maintenance and management?
  6. How can vehicle fleet maintenance and management be measured?
  7. What do business leaders say about vehicle fleet maintenance and management?
  8. Conclusion

The Definition

A vehicle fleet is a group of vehicles used by an organisation for the purposes of work. These vehicles are usually owned or leased by a business (for example, a car rental or bus company) or government entity (for example, a municipal utilities department or the police or fire service). They can include cars, utility vehicles, motorcycles, heavy and industrial-use vehicles, trailers, as well as all forms of aircraft and boats. While vehicle fleet maintenance may appear technical, its primary focus is to ensure an organisation’s vehicles are safe for use and roadworthy.

Fleet management encompasses fleet maintenance, and aims to develop strategies to maximise the life span of a fleet of vehicles. It also governs driver behaviour. Most fleet managers use fleet maintenance or management software to track driver activity, vehicle maintenance details, and to determine ways to optimise their use. This information exchange between a vehicle fleet and a central authority is known as a fleet telematics system.

The Stage

Maintaining and managing a fleet is an expensive business. Fleet managers of any organisation know that maintaining a fleet of vehicles is demanding, both in terms of capital and operations. Therefore, it is wise to identify best practices that extend the life span of a fleet and keep maintenance costs as low as possible.

A good fleet maintenance and management programme will consider pre-purchase, maintenance and use, and the disposal of each vehicle in the fleet. Key factors in these programmes include safety, the prevention of expensive repairs, the reduction of vehicle downtime, the reduction of equipment use, and the regulation of driver behaviour (such as braking, accelerating or resting). Top-end systems will do all of this, while collecting and analysing real-time data to help managers better organise and, ultimately, make better decisions about their fleet. These top-end systems are expensive; however, they are usually worth the expense, as a dependable software system can save an organisation between 30 to 60 per cent of its costs per year.

If the vehicle fleet is part of an organisation’s core business, then deciding on how much to invest in software and systems is obviously a significant decision. Regardless of the type of vehicle, capital and running costs are likely to continue increasing. Therefore, fleet managers need to ensure the life-cycle of their fleet is optimised – and not just in the short-term.

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