You’re gut tells you your fleet is underutilized. Some of the basic metrics you are able to capture show the same. Now what? How do you increase utilization while still providing the vehicles and fleet services needed to fulfill the mission of your organization? Since 2000, fleet managers have been turning to fleet technologies to make it easy and predictable to run motor pools and reap large financial rewards. Can it be that easy? It can.
At the core of every successful project is a foundation of well-understood goals. Knowing exactly why you need to share vehicles, and capturing that in writing, will help you choose the right methodologies, the right vendor and the right products for sharing. A project targeting a reduction in parking spaces is different than a cost-cutting initiative targeting specialized equipment.
What are your goals? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do my customers need access to vehicles around the clock?
- Are drivers using their vehicles and are expense reimbursement costs out of control?
- Do I know where are my vehicles are?
- Do we have the right types of vehicles to meet the needs of our fleet users?
- Are my costs out of control?
- Can we communicate policies and enforce them?
- Is there a lot of dedicated time associated with reserving and dispatching vehicles?
- Do my vehicles need to be geographically dispersed or in one central location?
Depending upon the answers to these questions, you can formulate a list of priorities that help you choose the right methodologies to achieve your goals. For example, a project targeting a reduction in parking spaces is different that a cost-cutting initiative targeting specialized equipment or improving utilization. What are your fleet's priorities? For tips on determining your goals for pooling vehicles, read our Top 5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Motor Pool.