16. December 2009

Fleet management – what it is?

Let me give you guys a background here. Now that i am an MBA student there are numerous management stuff i have been going through and today i found an interesting management field called Fleet management . Going deeper in knowing about this i have gotten some information which made my concepts clear about this new field of management – Fleet management. The information below about fleet management has been taken from this site

Fleet management, also known as fleet maintenance, is a standard of procedure, with a goal to keep a company or agency’s multiple vehicles and their operators in top-running condition. One of the highest costs of doing business is labor, followed closely by mobile assets including cars, vans, trucks, even boats and airplanes. Fleet management also covers large, moveable equipment related to the operation of the organization.

The primary objective of fleet management is twofold:

  • Establish close monitoring by home base of drivers in the field, for the most efficient and effective delivery of goods and services.
  • Control the costs of operating and maintaining vehicles and equipment, to retain their values and extend their useful lives.

Fleet management is about establishing the best possible level of control over an inconsistent environment, where factors such as weather, traffic, breakdown, customer demand and availability of manpower and equipment can change from day to day or hour to hour.

How GPS Tracking Helps Fleet Management

GPS tracking is the preferred and most up-to-date method of fleet management. GPS tracking systems, which use U.S. Department of Defense satellites for location and navigation, are accurate and reliable and greatly reduce incidents of human error.

By a mathematical formula called triangulation, the GPS tracking receiver will find its location, usually within a few feet of accuracy. Incremental position updates are made every few seconds or minutes.

The data collected includes:

  • Day and time
  • Directional heading
  • Latitude and longitude (or street address)
  • Duration of stops
  • Speed of the vehicle
  • Miles logged

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Throughout my career with the State of California, fleet management was of course a major budget item.

The Department of General Services had the responsibility of issuing day cars to State employees for travel within the State. These cars were labeled as official use cars only.

Maintaining the cars was a very difficult proposition.

But, there are other vehicles, other than autos, that can cost the State even more money.

The vehicles that are used to keep highways in shape are stored in California by CalTrans.

These vehicles are very expensive. With the budget cuts now, vehicles that would be in service benefiting the people of the State are not, for a variety of reasons.

For new road repair vehicles, to install all the control parts takes several months. With the personnel cutbacks, it now takes about three years to clear a vehicle. All that time, of course, the money that was used to purchase the vehicle in the first place is not benefiting the people.

On the other hand, with the cutbacks, there aren’t as many people to fix the highways anyway. So, not as many vehicles are needed. Sort of a Catch-22. However, when the vehicles were ordered, the State didn’t know that it was in for a depression. The State was a fat cat in 2007. Not any more.

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12. Bucket Truck Blogger From UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES) Wrote on 27. July 2010 at 5:02 am

Interesting article. It’s too bad I just now found this, because it would have made an excellent resource for an article I wrote a few days ago about fleet maintenance. I think it pretty much goes unsaid that owners of fleet vehicles have to consider maintenance in their TCO, so I actually focused more heavily on how maintenance can impact business image.

Your bit on GPS tracking was excellent, though… and I’d totally not thought of GPS from a fleet management perspective. May give your site a mention in future articles as I write extensively about bucket trucks and other utility trucks used in the electric utility industry. Will give you a ping if I do!

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