The councils in Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood and Rushcliffe have joined forces under the Nottingham Vehicle Consortium to examine fleet operations and streamline services.

As part of the move, the consortium is using Chevin Fleet Solutions' web-based application, FleetWave, to enable members to benchmark their vehicle and other assets against each other for performance.

The new system is expected to go live this month and works by enabling valuable data to be captured relating to the whole fleet, including vehicles from refuse collection, road maintenance, street cleansing and car derived vans, as well as plant and equipment such as lawn mowers.

That information is then integrated into a centralised system that can produce reports on fuel usage, mileage, accidents, maintenance and driver licensing so that personnel can quickly and accurately identify inefficiencies.

'This is a great example of partnership working that will result in the Councils' transport operations becoming more efficient by reducing the administrative burden related to transport information and with the ability to compare servicing and breakdown information on each council's operational performance, this will undoubtedly result in service improvements and cost reductions' commented David Parton, head of direct services at Gedling Borough Council and chair of the Nottinghamshire Vehicle Consortium.