Vehicle, fuel card misuse costs
Small-to-medium car and truck eet owners fear for productivity and returns
FUEL COSTS might be at historic lows but the owners of Australian small-to-medium car and truck fleets keep a steely eye on them and are alarmed at how bad practices diminish their fleets’ productivity, a Fleetmatics survey shows.
Conducted by noted analysis company ACA Research and just released, the Business Fleet Omnibus report fi nds fl eet vehicle and fuel card misuse costs cause angst in 80 per cent of fl eet- owning fi rms involved in the distribution, construction, retail and hospitality industries, amongst others.
Fleetmatics says it commissioned ACA Research to survey Australian fleet businesses on the key challenges they face in managing fl eets of 5- 50 vehicles, and how these are being tackled.
Fuel and labour costs are the largest expenses for 69 per cent of businesses across the transport, construction and services and distribution industries, with personal use of company vehicles increasing fuel costs for 73 per cent of business.
“Fuel costs get out of hand very quickly if not monitored effectively,” Fleetmatics product management director Todd Ewing says.
Of the 10 survey points raised on fleet management attitudes to fuel use and employee oversight, 60-75 per cent agreed that they had issues.
The fi ndings also reveal that although adopters of mobile workforce soft ware still experience challenges, these are diminishing significantly, Fleetmatics says.
For businesses currently using the soft ware, less than half of them experience the challenge of staff idling vehicles unnecessarily.
However, 60 per cent of those who haven’t adopted the technology face the challenge of excessive idling, which wastes fuel.
Drivers practicing poor habits, such as speeding, unnecessary idling and harsh braking, are also burning fuel unnecessarily.
This is an issue for 65 per cent of businesses who haven’t invested in mobile workforce soft ware solutions.
The sector also features highly amongst those that reject the technology due to bad experiences.