Most of the commercial vehicles that ply on roads all over the world today are associated with vehicle fleets operated by different organizations. Fleets are in essence the backbone of any business. They are the connecters between resources, manpower and the buyers.
One fleet- Many Advantages
Earlier fleets were mostly operated by large scale production lines that used them to carry their raw products from the source to industries. Likewise, these fleets then transported the finished goods to their respective depots. However, as the situation stands today, almost all organizations, irrespective of their sizes employ fleets for various purposes.
Be it your grocer who comes to deliver your shopping list right up to your door step or be it your pest control people you may have noticed that they all come in the vehicles assigned by the company. In fact vehicle fleets also play a role in building up the brand name and the esteem of the company in front of the customers. It has also been observed that companies who employ their own fleet are likely to deliver better and on-time services than companies who depend on other modes. As a whole, fleets are a major contributor to the profit margin of an organization.
The Cost of Running Fleets
Vehicle fleets are counted amongst the major assets of any organization. While they generate income on one end, they also add value to the organization. Just as any other factor that generates income for the company, vehicle fleets too consume capital. While procuring the vehicle is a one-time investment, using it to generate income and keeping it in running condition requires a good amount of capital.
Do Not let your Fleet be a Capital Drain
In some cases it is also seen that companies begin to incur losses in place of profits because of the cost involved in running the fleet. This usually happens when there is a lack of justified use of resources which only comes when there is proper fleet management. In the absence of fleet management, companies may lose tab of the amount that they are spending and the amount that they are earning out of the fleet.
What adds to the losses is the fact that in the absence of fleet management, the vehicle fleets do not remain dependable. As there is no timely replacement of wear-and-tear, there is no guarantee of when a vehicle may break down in the road. What complicates the problem even further is the fact that the need for maintenance of all vehicles isn’t the same. So while some vehicles may break down very easily, others may do fine even if they are maintained just once a year. This means that each vehicle demands individual attention which becomes very difficult in case of large fleets.
Further since these vehicles run on commercial purpose they also require various permits and environmental clearances which need to be renewed from time to time. Unless a proper tab is kept of all the vehicles and …