Fleet software could help slash public sector spending
The claims come at a time when, following the Comprehensive Spending Review, many Government departments face savage cuts in their annual budgets.
Now Mycompanyfleet, the automotive arm of HR software giant NorthgateArinso which supplies 90% of councils in the UK with payroll software, says there are easily quantifiable wins for public sector and Government bodies by using fleet software to manage fleet operating costs more efficiently.
Mycompanyfleet has identified four key areas where fleet savings can be readily made – accident management, fuel management, grey fleet management and vehicle utilisation.
The company calculates that it is possible to make the following fleet efficiency savings through the use of fleet software to manage and control the fleet:
• A 10% reduction in vehicle operating costs through better vehicle utilisation
• A 5% reduction in fuel spend through more targeted fuel cost management
• A 33% reduction in accident costs and rates through improved management of accidents and duty of care
• A 40% reduction in the miles driven by "grey fleet" drivers through improved mileage management with lower corresponding business mileage costs.
Business executive Luke Hicks explained: 'Used correctly, fleet software can help manage and control fleet costs more effectively and deliver real savings to the bottom line at a time when we know most public sector organisations face huge cut in their budgets.
'Our analysis has shown that state-of-the-art web-based software systems, like our FleetAcumen, will deliver real efficiencies to the fleet and cut transport costs. '
Mycompanyfleet software uses exception reporting methodology within a visual dashboard environment that highlights areas that require immediate management action, such as drivers who are exceeding pre-agreed spending parameters or time limits.
'Used correctly, exception reporting identifies areas that need prompt management action. By acting quickly, fleet managers can prevent overspends in a host of areas and control expenditure far more effectively, helping cut costs across the whole fleet,' added Mr Hicks.