Todays challenge to both reduce carbon emissions and implement duty of care must now also run in tandem with the bigger picture of endeavouring to control daily running costs and cutting mobile workforce inefficiencies.
Still recovering from recession, yet facing tough ecomonic obstacles ahead, SMEs and larger fleet operations, alike, strive to maximise workforce productivity and evaluate cost effectiveness in the practical, daily business of attempting to complete more deliveries and increasing work schedules to offset escalating fuel prices, amongst other rising expenditures.
The so-called green fleet realtime vehicle tracking technology, has both the capability to deliver all the necessary applications to comply with energy efficiency requirements and provide dynamic business streamlining, yet often fails to be recognised as probably one of the most highly valuable investment assets that a fleet operation can undertake.
A combination of short term planning measured against timetabled return on investment, together with a perception of judging systems training against actual implementation, can hold back company progress. Failure to recognise that running a green fleet produces real measurable value by the deployment of a vehicle tracking solution, which tightens up location, time scheduling and constantly monitored control over mobile resource productivity. Unfortunately, this results in constantly having to struggle against industry competition and with reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, unaided.
The introduction of a vehicle tracker can have at first, implications for retaining workforce trust. However, if a productivity incentive and reward package is also introduced with the understanding that daily driving manoeuvres and behaviour count towards larger percentage saving, both SME and larger transportation enterprises can benefit, from driving cab to boardroom.
In the years ahead, fleet operators will need to keep up with the emerging technology solutions to help limit fuel consumption, reduce emissions and sustain their own necessary growth. However, today, the reduction of fuel use can simply be achieved by reducing the total daily mileage!
A fleet gps tracking system can set a strict boundary for vehicle usage, report on number of miles driven, individual journeys, and any abnormal journey patterns. Defining and recording a vehicles working territory according to entering and exiting and the duration of time within the specified area is set up by the application of a geofencing programme.
Behind the wheel behaviour has a significant impact on CO2 emissions with estimates claiming that harsh braking, idling, revving in gear, speeding and time spent in cruise control can account for nearly third of fuel consumption and ultimately, means poor miles per gallon performance. Fuel consumption can be cut by an average of between 7-10 percent using commercial vehicle tracking software, which can set customisable thresholds as well as monitoring fleet performance.
Realtime reporting can update driving performance e.g. speeding, idling or braking to fleet managers every 20 seconds, who can immediately react. GPS tracking can also use interactive maps, which can be viewed online allowing a change of routes according to traffic conditions or the altering of schedules, thereby reducing both wasted fuel, energy emission and cut running costs by up to a fifth.
Increasingly recognised as a key duty of care issue that applies to all fleet operators, whatever their service industry, green fleet vehicle tracking not only complies with the urgency of emission reduction but simultaneously, dramatically enhances backroom and front end field planning and productivity.