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Pool vehicle booking portal could help banish grey fleet use, says Jaama

A new pool vehicle booking portal that could help eliminate ‘grey fleet’ usage has been launched by Jaama.

Martin Evans, managing director of Jaama

Developed for its Key2 asset management system, the portal enables firms that have pool vehicles within their operations to send drivers online and book a pool car or van for a specific journey. The self-help portal then asks drivers a number of questions about the booking with all information fed back into Key2.

Using the portal could help ensure employees are in the optimum vehicle for their journey while dealing with businesses’ duty of care responsibilities; a key issue for both public and private sector fleets when it comes to employees using their own vehicles on work-related journeys.

It can also help reduce the increased emissions and fuel costs associated with grey fleet vehicles. Analysis from the BVRLA finds that the average ‘grey fleet’ car is more than eight years old.

Jaama managing director Martin Evans said: “Vast amounts of fleet industry research over many years suggests that ‘grey fleet’ management is a major headache for fleet decision-makers notably in respect of cost, risk management and corporate social responsibility.

“Jaama has always provided Key2 users with tools to undertake compliance checks on ‘grey fleet’ vehicles and their drivers as we believe they should be as robust as in respect of drivers at the wheel of company-provided vehicles and those cars and commercial vehicles.”

He continued: “Amid concerns about employees driving their own vehicles on business trips, the launch of Key2 Pool Vehicle Booking System is designed to make booking a pool vehicle as easy as possible for drivers and simultaneously banish ‘grey fleet’ usage.”

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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.