Fleet management is that wing of a transportation company (supply chain or passenger) which controls everything related to the commercial vehicles used by the company throughout their lifetime, or as long as the contract lasts if we are discussing outsourced work. It involves, but is not limited to, the assessment of risks, limiting or eliminating assessed risk potentials, improving productivity, boosting efficiency and maintaining legal compliance. The efficiency of fleet management processes is a crucial aspect for any company working in the transportation segment, and the management plans can no longer ignore the environmental elements in the UK.
With the government pressing on the Net Zero initiative, and the entire world becoming more conscious about environmental changes and their terrible impacts, it is both a conscient and a commercially practical decision to include green elements while planning any new fleet management strategy. On that note, let us go over a short overview of the critical aspects that must be included in any green fleet management plan, be it internal or outsourced.
Consider Outsourcing First
Outsourcing is generally a secondary option for most departments, but if you want to incorporate a commercially viable and eco-friendly green fleet management plan right away, outsourcing should be the first option to consider. The cost of learning, making mistakes, correcting them, and restarting is just too high here, which is why even some of the largest names in the business will often outsource their fleet management needs to an external company.
In the UK, for example, Total Motion’s green solutions are considered to be some of the best green fleet management plans in the business. Their services cover all requirements of their clients in regard to the business operations, the commercial vehicles used, the drivers, the trips, and the total carbon footprint of the client’s business. From a purely commercial point of view, if you want to stay compliant with the new environmental regulations and leave a smaller carbon footprint, outsourcing to a green fleet management company like Total Motion is just cheaper and better than putting an entire department on the payroll.
As should be obvious, a green fleet is a clean fleet, which means that all vehicles in a green fleet must be fuel-efficient, or even electric, if and when the opportunity is there.
Proper Traffic Assessment
With the help of AI-assisted GPS technology and adequate data research, the fleet management division should be able to figure out the following:
- The shortest, safest routes for every assignment
- The least congested hours in traffic for the planned route
- The least number of vehicles that can be used to complete the concerned transportation services in time
As anyone familiar with the supply chain business might have already noticed, green fleet management strategies are quite in-line with cost-efficiency as well. All strategies, as highlighted above, are also directly related to reducing the company’s overall expenses. For example, the less time it takes for a business to get a consignment fulfilled, the more they will save on fuel and driver payments. At the same time, the less fuel and commercial vehicles used to fulfil the consignment, the better it is for the environment as well. Shifting to green fleet management is therefore both a commercial and an environmentally conscious decision that every company should consider in 2020 and beyond.