|PAUL DOLBY, DIRECTOR APAC, CHEVIN FLEET SOLUTIONS|
Regardless of business or sector, a poorly managed fleet has the potential to do serious damage to an organisation’s bottom line.
When it comes to servicing the mining sector, and the many complexities associated with the specialist fleet assets required, the challenges increase significantly.
Field service support businesses, serving the mining industry, rely heavily upon a remote workforce. Typically these organisations operate specially modified vehicles, working in harsh terrain. Ensuring these assets are checked and maintained efficiently promotes safety and reduces the risks associated with compliance failure. Remote vehicle inspections are often necessary to adhere to health and safety and duty of care legislation. Yet, without the ability to update the organisation’s central hub in real time, potential problems can be left unrecorded until the remote driver in question returns to base to manually update a spreadsheet or system.
Ticking all the boxes
This lack of holistic visibility over the status of each asset is not only a compliance risk but can generate unnecessary cost through inaccurate scheduling of parts, servicing and repairs. In order to tick every box on the compliance list, larger organisations are looking for an automated approach to fleet management.
Harnessing web-based technology that is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection not only enhances communication with remote workers but provides real-time access to information, accompanied with automatically generated alerts, which highlight pending hazards, including expiring permits, vehicle servicing and parts inventory.
Selecting the right tool for the job
Automated alerts, homepage graphics and real-time reports not only promote compliance but help management achieve a realistic picture regarding utilisation across the entire fleet.
In addition, through the consolidation of data into a centralised and intuitive system, organisations can easily drill down to review the status of each individual vehicle, asset or employee, covering everything from fuel consumption to infringements, allocations, utilisation and emissions. Organisations can then analyse trends and make crucial decisions regarding the future composition of the fleet.
Without complete visibility of each and every element of the fleet operation, organisations are unable to define the precise running cost of their fleets. This often results in an inability to implement genuine cost saving initiatives and unnecessary ongoing expense continues.
In today’s economic climate, the demand for quality reporting and transparency has never been greater.
Being blissfully unaware of the true cost of a fleet, and the associated assets, is no longer an acceptable luxury. Giving all levels of the organisation the precise information they need, from the workshop floor to the fleet managers desk and ultimately the boardroom table, gives everyone concerned the comfort that they are making decisions based on fact, not fiction.
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