When you have a business that revolves around a fleet of vehicles, there is a raft of issues and checks that you must adhere to. What is the best way to do this? One of the most important things that you can do is ensure that the fleet is fully fuelled. Fuel Cards can help with that. You may ask why use a fuel card? The answer is simple because it is cheaper, reliable and more effective.
Fleet management covers a company that is just running a delivery service based on vans to a private hire firm. Either way, the rules apply.
- To buy or to lease. You need to consider what your vehicles are going to be used for. If it’s a hire firm, then keeping up to date with the latest models means that the lease option might be better. Unless you choose to buy it, you’ll never own the car, and much of the care and maintenance is covered. It can be more expensive than owning. If you’re going to get a lot of use out of it, then the buying choice might be better.
- Have an organised rota of fleet checks. Safety on the road for your drivers and other road users is paramount. If anything is found to be defective on your vehicle and contributes towards an accident, you and the company could be in legal trouble. MOT certificates and robust insurance is required.
- Keep track of where the vehicles are at all times. With the development of GPS, this job is made a lot easier. You can see where the cars are anywhere on the road network or if they are not. Ghost immobilisers are also recommended.