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Posted by Lynsey Denman

The Government estimate that there are around 3.6 million vans used for business purposes throughout the UK. This means that there are lots of fleet managers out there trying to maintain and manage these vehicles.

There are always things to think about and remember, and with strict rules and regulations put in place by the DVLA, there can be serious repercussions if these are not met.

This blog post looks at some of the challenges that fleet managers can face each and every day.

The basic operations are taking too long

Before your drivers have even left the warehouse or base for the day, there are some issues that can crop up. This can be caused by a variety of reasons including drivers not arriving when they should, or problems with stock or deliveries arriving late. This means that you could face delays and knock on issues throughout the day, leading you to play catch up with your drivers all day.

Your routes are not optimised

A driver, especially those making deliveries are only as good as their route, and planning this route is often something that relies on you to set out. Are there particular problems areas that have built up traffic at certain times? Chances are that you will want to avoid these spots as best you can. Vehicle tracking can be one solution for this problem.

You haven’t picked the best quality drivers

A lot of the time, you need to rely on gut instinct for the drivers that you hire. However, to really make sure that you have the best drivers possible. This can be made all the easier with fleet management systems, these make sure that you monitor their performance and determine which drivers are operating well, and which are falling behind your expectations.

Your vehicles are suffering from wear and tear

Whilst the drivers are important, the vehicles are equally key in your performance. This means that you need to keep on track with checking over these vehicles and making sure that they are in the best condition possible. This should keep down the risk of paying out for expensive repairs in order to keep your car on the road.

The reports are taking too long

As a fleet manager, there is always going to be plenty of paperwork to fill out, and at times you can feel as if you are drowning in reports. This is where fleet management systems can help, making some of the admin tasks easier and giving you enough time to focus on making sure that everything else runs smoothly.

These are just some of the challenges that a fleet manager can face, the good news, is that no matter how tricky it may seem there are always ways that fleet management software can make your life that little bit easier.

Thankfully, effective fleet management can really help to make sure that all of your vehicles are meeting their requirements. This doesn’t matter if you manage cars, vans or even light goods vehicles.

So, why not get in touch with us here and see if we can help you to understand how to effectively manage your fleet and deliver an efficient and cost effective level of service for your customers. As well as keep your drivers safe whilst they work for you.

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Lynsey Denman

I have been with Movolytics since the beginning of the company. My job is the customer experience leader which means that I get to speak to a wide range of customers ensuring that everyone has a smooth customer journey while also managing the top accounts. In my spare time I like going for a run, taking my dog out and a good bottomless brunch.