While a green fleet management strategy will primarily focus on vehicles, it’s important not to forget the role that staff play. They have a direct impact through both the organisation’s culture, and the way they drive the vehicles.
Vehicle selection habits
When it comes to culture, it’s worth training staff on your organisation’s green fleet strategy. Do they understand the organisation’s commitment to reducing emissions, and are they on board with the proposed goals? If they are, then it’s more likely that they’ll choose vehicles that support the organisation’s strategy.
However, staff driving habits will also impact on an organisation’s ability to meet sustainability targets. Accelerating too fast or driving at excessive speeds can increase a vehicle’s emissions output. Harsh acceleration and braking will also wear out vehicle components quicker, meaning vehicles will become less efficient. But staff won’t necessarily know if their driving habits aren’t compliant with an organisation’s green fleet strategy. How do you solve this behaviour when it’s unlikely you’ll be able to monitor how each staff member drives? With the help of a telematics solution .
Telematics data provides fleet managers with the ability to analyse individual driver behaviour. When organisations opt for units such as Smartrak’s AVLs, they gain access to a whole suite of data. AVLs contain sensitive GPS locators and accelerometers. Consequently, Fleet managers can report on over speeding, as well as harsh acceleration and braking.
Effective and timely maintenance
Keeping your fleet of vehicles maintained and working at peak efficiency is an important task. Servicing vehicles at regular intervals ensures that parts don’t wear out and produce additional emissions. But when you consider that vehicles are going to be driven at different frequencies, it quickly becomes challenging to keep on top of when they require servicing. This is compounded by the fact that servicing will be based both on the time since the last service and the number of kilometres a vehicle travels; reminders in your Outlook calendar and spreadsheets will only get you so far. Depending on the size of your fleet, this could be a very daunting challenge indeed.
A simple alternative is to take advantage of automation. A comprehensive fleet management solution takes the hassle out of scheduling vehicle servicing. Especially when combined with telematics data.
For example, PoolCar keeps track of the kilometres each vehicle travels. This can be done automatically accessing the vehicle’s Odometer via an AVL, through a manual update in the system, or via an integrated KeyMaster key safe. This means you can set a reminder that a vehicle’s next service is due in 10,000 kilometres, and PoolCar will send you automatic alerts when it’s time to book in with your mechanic. Automatic alerts can also remind staff to check the condition of tires; incorrect pressure can directly impact fuel efficiency and increase emissions. This ensures your fleet stays safe and efficient between each service.
Managers throughout the organisation also have a role to play in any green fleet management strategy. This is because they are often the ones who approve staff travel.
An organisation’s culture plays an important part in any sustainable fleet management strategy. Managers must encourage their direct reports to choose alternative options for short trips.
For example, if someone books a vehicle just to drive a few blocks across town for a meeting, their manager might instead suggest alternatives. These could include taking a rideshare service such as Uber or jumping on public transport. And in our post-COVID-19 world we now know how to get the most out of online meetings; there is always the option of ditching the travel altogether and conducting the meeting remotely instead.
In these situations, managers can directly influence a company’s culture. By suggesting alternative modes of transport, they reduce demand for fleet vehicles.
Mobility as a Service
At Smartrak, we’ve talked in detail about the role that MaaS is going to play in the future. We believe that e-bikes and e-scooters are going to provide more flexible transport alternatives for organisations.
We’re seeing customers actively pursue ways to expand fleets to include sustainable options such as e-bikes and e-scooters. These are perfect for providing easy transportation when an organisation is spread across several nearby locations. For these organisations, whenever a vehicle doesn’t have to be driven, it is celebrated. It also eliminates unnecessary contributions to both traffic congestion and CO2 emissions.
If you are serious about implementing a green fleet management strategy in your organisation, leveraging MaaS can be a fantastic option. It can provide alternative, fast, and cheap transportation for the smaller trips your staff might be making already.
The time to go green is now
No matter what solution or strategy your organisation is looking to adopt, in today’s climate a green fleet management strategy is vitally important. As we’ve seen, you can reduce your fleet’s emissions in a number of different ways. Smartrak has years of experience making fleets more efficient and sustainable.
Talk to us about your fleet’s challenges so we can work together towards creating greener, more sustainable fleets.