Fleet management encompasses a broad range of internal business processes to control costs, streamline productivity and improve compliance. From vehicle procurement to dispatching, a company’s truck fleet management can vary depending on the unique needs of its operations. But a primary focus for the role of a fleet manager is to address operational needs like vehicle maintenance, fuel efficiency and driver safety.
What is fleet management in transportation?
The fleet manager’s responsibilities also include identifying the right vehicles for specific jobs, purchasing or leasing to match current shipping demands and vehicle size limits and handling title and licensing issues. Logistics Bureau’s Transport Fleet Management also must purchase the right amount of insurance to protect the company and its drivers. Fleet managers also oversee a number of other tasks, including negotiating fuel prices, minimizing costs through route optimization and optimizing vehicle utilization by tracking vehicle idling and speeding, as well as maintaining records, trip sheets and driver logs and complying with industry-mandated safety standards.
The best truck fleet management solutions use data analytics, mobility and integrated technology to empower drivers, increase productivity and deliver a better customer experience. By providing drivers with real-time status updates, ETAs and job details, a good solution eliminates the need to call for information, improves customer service and reduces back-and-forth communications with customers. In addition, an optimal solution provides a one-stop-shop for dispatching, driver logs and HOS management, vehicle inspections, and factoring freight rates. Learn more about the best carrier fleet management tools, like DAT’s load board and truckload rate aggregation services, that simplify transport fleet management.