– By Victoria Nelson –
The Australian Corporate Fleets Insights Report was released in October 2020 as a follow up to similar survey conducted in 2018. The report looked at five trends impacting corporate fleets to identify the needs of organisations so other industry participants can help overcome the challenges they present.
The predictable challenge for fleets during 2021 is to ensure compliance with COVID safety requirements with 60% of respondents nominating it as their main priority in the next 12 months.
Overall, reducing running costs such as fuel, and increasing driver safety through training programs, were the other two priorities that made up the top three.
It was interesting so see the priorities change as the fleet size increased. COVID didn’t make the top three for larger fleets. This could be due to organisation size and there are other departments to set the policies. Or, it could be something they have dealt with already. Fleets with 250+ ranked increasing business efficiency, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, and reducing running costs as their top priorities.
Increasing business efficiency was the top priority for large fleets which could indicate the maturity, or sophistication, of these organisations that have already implemented policies to improve driver safety and manage the risks of COVID. They are now focused on maximum asset utilisation which could create opportunities for suppliers.