We've talked through just some of the major changes fleet managers can expect to see in the remainder of 2021, but one question still remains: what impact will they have on fleet managers?
With COVID-19 concerns still ever-present in the minds of businesses, new compliance requirements only add to the pressure of trying to stay afloat, and keep your fleet on the road.
This is a huge challenge, but one that fleet managers can navigate if they are prepared. In order to keep their business moving while still ensuring compliance, fleet managers must adapt to the changing situation - both now and in the future. And here's how.
Fleets need to innovate
Commercial fleets are increasingly turning to technology to improve their fleet efficiency and compliance. Telematics, for example have grown from strength to strength over the years - evolving from simple trackers into intelligent systems that not only help with route planning, but provide vehicle diagnostics, assist with regulatory compliance and improve driver communication, safety and transparency.
And technology isn't set to slow down anytime soon. Emphasis on lower emissions means electric and hybrid vehicles will become increasingly commonplace. Autonomous vehicles are no longer an unachievable pipe-dream.
While these kinds of technologies are a world away at present, it's essential that fleet managers innovate wherever possible, to ensure they aren't left behind. This means ensuring your vehicles meet the necessary emissions and driver vision standards, and upgrading them with the latest technology when they can.
Fleets increasingly need flexibility
If there's one thing that fleet managers have learned in the past year, it's that the ability to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances is absolutely vital to business continuity.
Fleets are seeing further regulations and restrictions as the years go on. Constantly having to update and upgrade vehicles to meet the latest legislation can be incredibly costly and time consuming - and in a period where business circumstances are changing from one day to the next, it's no longer the most viable option.
On top of this, continuing fluctuation in demand means that fleet managers may not need to use all vehicles in their fleet at one given time. Having surplus of unused vehicles, or not enough to meet supply has caused significant challenges that aren't expected to go away completely any time soon.
Therefore, fleet managers main priority moving forward should be flexibility. This means having vehicles that are compliant with the relevant regulations before they absolutely have to be, and ensuring that fleets can be scaled up and down easily to meet demand - without incurring additional costs.
The way to do this is through flexible hire, where businesses can rapidly scale their vehicle fleets in response to changing customer demand, and to meet complex compliance requirements.
Clearly, this year has a lot in store for fleet managers across the UK - and you need to make sure you're prepared to avoid getting fined and risk business downtime.
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