Meet the New Challenges of Fleet Management
Fleet management within the aid and development sector is undergoing rapid and widespread change. There are ever-increasing pressures on fleet managers for efficient and reliable fleets in the widening arena of disaster response. Organizations face significant changes in the operational environment and infrastructure in the countries where aid and development fleets must operate. Fleet complexity is an issue as there are increases in the number and type of vehicles that comprise fleets. Regulatory and compliance requirements are constantly changing. Technology and innovation open new areas of opportunity for effectiveness and efficiency, in addition to bringing additional responsibility and accountability to existing management. These factors paint a picture of the aid and development transport sector that is unrecognizable compared to 10 years ago.
AIDMatrix Foundation and Fleet Forum launched a new survey designed to provide an in-depth overview of aid and development fleet statistics. The Fleet Survey has taken a picture of several areas of interest among the members of Fleet Forum, addressing areas such as fleet safety, fuel management, cost control, carbon emission, aggregation of data, etc. The results show that some organizations are more advanced in their fleet management than other organizations. Of Fleet Forum’s three focus areas, Safety had the best percentage for tracking with 70%, Cost Efficiencies was next with 45%, and Environment Impact was last with only 38% of the organizations tracking.
In general, organizations that have a strategy and track performance have higher performance. In regards to fleet management, based on the survey results, it can be said that there are significant opportunities to reduce costs, increase operational and environmental efficiency, and amplify fleet safety by using automated fleet management systems. Fleet Forum and Aidmatrix plan to work on potential solutions and cooperate with each other in order to help Fleet Forum members maintain a more sustainable and effective fleet management system.