Fleet management is important for any company, especially thinking about the effects of technological changes and environmental issues recently. Indeed, fleet controls are becoming an essential part of a company in their efforts to ensure and maintain high standards of service when administering and managing a multinational fleet of vehicles. Consequently, financially and commercially astute fleet controllers are in high demand to meet expectations which include ensuring budgetary constraints are satisfied, cost savings are emphasized and innovative fleet processes are developed. This comes at a time where fleet management businesses are required to meet present service level agreements in a more challenging marketplace.

Multinational fleet management Companies create long term fleet strategies to keep first-rate fleet availability and turnaround time. From the creation and execution of those programs, long term trends which have rising fuel costs, fulfilling green issues and changes in technology needs to be considered. This is in addition to the more traditional multinational fleet market and control duties like the cost, maintenance and repair, and disposal of business vehicles in many different locales. These problems provide the fleet control with a difficult role, particularly when fleet sizes can be in excess of 1000 fleet vehicles across a selection of countries.

Indeed, many fleet managers will often say that environmental issues are a necessary consideration; nowadays it is necessary that fleet managers maintain a proactive strategy by ensuring that the necessary strategic changes are made. These include restructuring company travel processes by replacing company mileage with video conferencing. Furthermore, it is sensible to continuously assess the fleet to ascertain its ecological footprint and where necessary, provide training to promote efficiencies.

Safety issues are also high on the agenda. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into effect in April 2008 where companies can be held responsible for the death of people brought on by failings in health and security. Because of this, various fleet management companies have started to provide risk assessment services to determine high-risk drivers; ensuring training and re-education. Moreover, the high price of Fuel in recent times has been having a large influence on the performance and management of large fleets. Consequently, fleet controllers are needed to find ways of decreasing fuel costs and operating costs, whilst maintaining high service delivery standards. And the solution may involve the continual evaluation of current procedures and practices to emphasize cost savings.

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