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‘Spreadsheet fleets’ warned of cost and compliance risks

Businesses still using spreadsheets or paper-based reporting structures to manage their fleets are likely to be putting both their cost control and their level of compliance at risk through a lack of data.

David Gladding at Chevin

David Gladding, global sales and marketing director at Chevin

So says Chevin Fleet Solutions as it warns that it still often encounters quite large fleets operating in this way.

David Gladding, global director of sales and marketing at Chevin Fleet Solutions, said: Fleets running hundreds or more vehicles using spreadsheets or paper-based methods are going to struggle to deliver the levels of data and reporting structures often needed to effectively manage areas such as cost control and compliance.

“Using such methods is a high-risk strategy that can prove slow, costly and hard to audit. Even the most basic software allows access to much more data and when supported by a mobile app, means real-time, paperless data capture for recording things such as driver walkaround checks.”

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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.