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  • FLEET SERVICING MONTH: The evolving approaches to maintenance in fleet management

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    How Fleet Managers approach servicing and maintenance has undergone considerable evolution over the last 10 years, especially as we move towards an increasingly electrified, low emissions future. Staying abreast of these changes is crucial for ensuring efficiency, minimising downtime, and extending the lifespan of vehicles. Here we explore how approaches to servicing and maintenance are impacting the sector, based on input for attendees at the Fleet Summit…

    1. Predictive Maintenance

    Traditionally, fleet maintenance was largely reactive or based on predetermined schedules. However, the advent of predictive maintenance marks a significant shift. This approach utilises data analytics and monitoring tools to predict when a vehicle might need servicing. By analysing data such as mileage, engine usage, and driving patterns, Fleet Managers can anticipate potential issues before they become problematic. This shift from reactive to predictive maintenance helps in reducing unexpected breakdowns and prolonging vehicle life.

    2. Integration of Telematics

    The integration of telematics has been pivotal in transforming fleet maintenance strategies. Telematics systems provide real-time data on vehicle performance, enabling more precise and timely maintenance interventions. This technology allows for the monitoring of various parameters such as fuel usage, engine temperature, and tyre pressure, facilitating immediate action when anomalies are detected. As a result, telematics has not only improved vehicle maintenance but also enhanced overall fleet efficiency and safety.

    3. Emphasis on Sustainability

    There is a growing emphasis on sustainability in fleet maintenance. Fleet Managers are increasingly adopting eco-friendly practices, such as using renewable energy sources, recycling parts, and opting for biodegradable lubricants. Additionally, there is a push towards electric vehicles (EVs) in fleets, which introduces new maintenance dynamics. EVs typically require less maintenance than traditional vehicles, altering the nature and frequency of servicing needed.

    4. Compliance and Regulation

    The regulatory landscape in the UK, particularly regarding emissions and safety standards, has significantly influenced fleet maintenance practices. Fleet Managers must ensure that vehicles comply with stringent regulations, including those related to the Euro 6 standards for diesel vehicles and MOT tests. Failure to adhere to these regulations can result in substantial penalties and operational setbacks.

    5. Adoption of Mobile Maintenance Services

    Another notable trend is the rise of mobile maintenance services. These services bring the maintenance to the fleet, rather than vehicles being sent to a service centre. This approach minimises downtime, as servicing and repairs can be conducted during off-hours or in locations that do not disrupt the fleet’s operations.

    6. Enhanced Focus on Driver Training

    Finally, the role of driver behaviour in vehicle maintenance has gained recognition. Fleet Managers are investing more in driver training programmes that emphasise efficient driving techniques to reduce wear and tear on vehicles. Educating drivers about the importance of regular checks and maintenance can also play a significant role in preventative care.

    The approach to servicing and maintenance in UK fleet management has evolved to become more predictive, data-driven, and sustainable. These changes are propelled by advancements in technology, regulatory demands, and a growing awareness of environmental impact. By embracing these developments, Fleet Managers can optimise their operations, reduce costs, and contribute to a greener future.

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    Stuart O'Brien

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