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Local authorities increasingly turning to technology to enforce fleet policies, says Chevin

So says Chevin Fleet Solutions, adding that such organisations often place an extremely high level of importance on compliance but current paper-based processes are often slow, labour-intensive, costly and difficult to audit.

Sales director David Gladding said: “There is genuine drive to move away from paper and the main solution we are seeing is mobile technology, which provides simple, paperless data capture.

“Using fleet software on a mobile device – generally any Android or Apple phone – means that you have an auditable method of ensuring, for example, that only eligible drivers are getting behind the wheel of certain of vehicles, or that an employee using their own car on business can provide full and current licence and insurance details.

“Within corporate cultures that see compliance as their number one priority, using the technology in this way has obvious appeal.”

Other common processes where mobile technology was regularly being used included mileage claims, expenses and driver inspections – but one of the key attractions was the inherent flexibility available, he added.

“It is relatively easy to make a mobile interface such as our FleetWave Mobile do exactly what you need so if you have a fleet with a very diverse range of plant and vehicles, as are found at many local authorities, you would be able to fully implement a daily vehicle inspection regime that covered every class of vehicle you operate.

“Also, at a time when austerity is a watchword within the public sector, this kind of technology can be implemented in a very cost effective way using smartphones and tablets that are already in use and belong to either the individual or the organisation.”

Gladding added: “It has taken a little time for the market to fully understand the potential that a product like this offers but we are seeing more and more interest in using it to carry out all kinds of fleet processes. Local authorities are just part of the story.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.