1. MAJOR GROWTH OR EXPANSION
Expanding your business to offer services in new markets or growing the number of employees to answer more demand may require adding more service locations, which may create logistical challenges. If the business needs to add or remove employees to meet new business needs, what’s the best way to flex the fleet? Would the manager have time to handle additional vehicle maintenance, unexpected accidents, fuel expenses, recalls, or operational demands related to selling vehicles or driver training?
2. CHANGES IN LEADERSHIP
Depending on the size of an organization, a single person may be responsible for overseeing all fleet-related needs or the existing FMC relationship. If that person decides to take a new role, the threat of lost expertise can be challenging to overcome. The new manager may be less experienced or knowledgeable about the day-to-day operations (such as scheduling maintenance, handling license and title renewals, or determining vehicle routes). How does a change like this impact drivers and their schedules?
3. CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY OR REGULATIONS
Keeping up with vehicle technology trends or compliance requirements may require additional training for internal managers. If the manager overseeing the vehicles does not have an automotive industry background, it can be a challenge to know where to find reputable information on the latest regulations and know how to implement them into the fleet. What if there are local or federal mandate requirements that impact your fleet vehicles? How do you ensure your fleet is compliant?
4. INCORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY OR GREEN CHANGES
Many fleets are faced with an organization-wide goal to improve sustainability and the entity’s carbon footprint. A manager would need to identify available options, such as integrating electric or hybrid vehicles. How do those vehicle features and prices compare?Are there other options to consider when moving toward a more sustainable fleet?
5. INCREASED ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN
Fleet personnel must manage complex issues such as titling and licensing, accident management, and more, especially as a fleet grows or changes. If managing the fleet is only one of several functions the manager oversees, it may become difficult to juggle these increasing responsibilities, which could decrease the efficiency of the fleet. As a result, this may lead to an increase in costs due to a lack of proactive management.