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Fleet managers are true safety and green leaders

By Verizon Connect Team February 14, 2024

Fleet managers in Ireland are constantly striving to gain more knowledge and improve their skills so they can apply them in their company. They are in charge of daily operations and ensuring that processes run as efficiently and smoothly as possible. However, one of their main responsibilities is also to maintain the safety of the company’s equipment and vehicles. They are the true leaders when it comes to achieving a safe and sustainable company.

1. Fleet managers as safety leaders

Fleet safety is paramount. And that ranges from maintaining vehicles, to choosing safe routes, avoiding road works, bypassing traffic jams and promoting a safe driving culture. Fleet managers prioritise the safety of their team, and advanced fleet management technology can help achieve these high levels of safety.

Let’s take a look at how fleet management technology can benefit fleet managers

By enhancing fleet safety during daily operations: GPS and telematics technology allow businesses to prioritise their team’s safety. You can track your fleet in near real-time and obtain valuable data on driver behaviour and vehicle performance, which means that if there is an emergency, you can take quick action and get help.

By establishing a safe driving culture: Driver behaviour is directly linked to the risk of accidents and the safety of drivers and vehicles. In fact, “speed has been found to be a major contributory factor in around 10% of all accidents and in around 30% of fatal accidents in Europe” (1) and “the total cost of road accidents in Europe is estimated at €280 billion.” (2) 

Embracing a safe driving culture is key to decreasing the risk of accidents or preventing them altogether.

By planning your routes to boost safety: Route planning can help decrease the risk of accidents. As an employer, the safety of your team should be your main concern. Choosing safe routes and not covering more kilometres than necessary should be one of the KPIs of your daily operations and long-term strategy.

Regarding fleet safety, GPS tracking solutions can help improve the safety of teams and fleets on a daily basis. More than half of respondents in Ireland (54%) said GPS tracking solutions helped improve safety, 69% improved routing and 50% stated that they decreased accidents in this year’s survey.

By assisting with vehicle maintenance scheduling: GPS tracking solutions can help to combine preventive and predictive vehicle maintenance and help keep fleets in optimal condition so that the vehicles can be used safely by the team. 

Furthermore, GPS tracking solutions also assist fleet managers in extending the life of their vehicles and achieving a profitable ROI. Insights obtained from telematics solutions help fleets identify optimal maintenance intervals and stay on top of maintenance scheduling. 

In Ireland, 33% of respondents said GPS tracking solutions improved preventive maintenance which helps to keep vehicles roadworthy for longer and contributes to less vehicle wear and tear. 

2. Fleet managers as green leaders, sustainability leaders

Fleet managers are the new sustainability leaders because they help their company become greener. Consumers and governments are demanding that companies commit to making their fleets greener, so they have less impact on the environment.

In fact, the European Green Deal has declared that “all new cars and vans registered in Europe will be zero-emission by 2035. As an intermediary step towards zero emissions, average emissions of new cars will have to come down by 55% by 2030, and new vans by 50% by 2030.” (3) 

All these measures will put road transport on zero-emission mobility by 2050. (4) The challenge won’t be easy but European countries are already working towards having net-zero transport.

Let’s see how fleet management can help fleet managers become green fleet leaders: 

By cutting down on unnecessary idling:  Longer idling time increases fuel consumption and vehicle wear and tear. According to research, “the estimated fuel consumption of an idling engine is 0.6 litres / hr per litre of engine displacement. This means that an idling 3.5 litre engine consumes more than 2 litres of fuel per hour.” (5) 

  • By increasing fuel efficiency: Coaching your drivers in eco-driving techniques and monitoring their behaviour behind the wheel can make all the difference to your whole business. In fact, the most important and immediate benefit of eco-driving is cost savings. 

“Eco-driving alone can help drivers save as much as 15 % of their regular fuel costs, thus typically saving approximately €500 per year.”(6) In addition, eco-drivers “cause less wear and tear on car parts (tyres, brakes and engine) and are less prone to accidents.” (6)

Think about the potential impact on your whole company’s fuel economy if you are able to save more on fuel costs. This is especially worthwhile for large fleets.

In fact, according to our latest survey, GPS tracking users were able to save on average 24% in fuel costs. This can result in a savings of approximately €800 per year. 

By lowering carbon emissions across your entire fleet: With the new CO2 standards, all fleets are facing the challenge of becoming greener and reducing their carbon footprint and emissions. This is so that they can achieve the European Commission’s goal of being zero-neutral by 2050. (7)

Fleet based businesses in Ireland need to be part of the solution to reduce emissions and become green and sustainable businesses. 

The last Fleet Technology Trends report in Ireland 2024 revealed that 48% of GPS tracking users were able to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to becoming a greener fleet and 46% improved sustainability within this new sustainable ideal.

By promoting a green top-notch vehicle maintenance program: The main objective of vehicle maintenance is ensuring that the equipment is safe to use. This needs to be complemented with a vision that combines safety, sustainability and respect (commitment) for the environment.

A green vehicle maintenance program takes the carbon footprint into account for the entire vehicle fleet as well as the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. In addition to this, there are also emissions resulting from wear and tear or from the tyres or brakes that may result in more CO2 in the atmosphere (not to mention a higher fuel consumption).

All these points will be included in this new comprehensive maintenance program (preventive and predictive) for all vehicles in the fleet. The program also places safety and sustainability at the heart of the company’s strategy.

Advance your fleet to the next level of safety, sustainability and excellence

By working with vehicles on a daily basis, fleet managers learn how to improve the most strategic areas of the company so they can continue to advance and not stagnate.

Talking specifically about the areas of safety and sustainability, basic daily actions would include:

- Monitoring the team’s driving behaviour and taking action to prevent bad driving practices.

- Analysing the planned routes (which ones are safer, where have accidents occurred, which are susceptible to traffic jams, etc.).

- Knowing precisely which vehicles require more maintenance (due to mileage, type of use, etc.).

- Knowing each fleet vehicle’s carbon footprint.

- Monitoring gas emissions and the direct relationship with fuel consumption.

All these actions are part of the daily life of these mobility professionals and having the most innovative fleet management technologies can provide a significant competitive advantage.

Advanced platforms that collect real-time information on safety or sustainability, and that allow the data to be easily interpreted, can make such a difference to a company and its safety and sustainability journey.

Learn how companies in Ireland have improved safety, sustainability and many strategic areas in their business after implementing an advanced fleet management solution.

Download the Fleet Technology Trends Report Ireland 2024 or request a demo to see it in action.


Verizon Connect Team

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