A fleet manager monitors their fleet with a tablet

Municipal fleets, or government fleets, include public works vehicles (including school busses, fire and garbage trucks), public transportation and emergency vehicles. Many locations have their own maintenance garages to service the municipal fleet which can include hundreds or even thousands of vehicles.

Since municipal fleets monitor so many different vehicles at a time that there are a number of issues that municipal fleet managers encounter on a regular basis. Seeing as government fleets deal with the public more than other forms of fleets, they need to find ways to overcome these issues in a quick and efficient manner. Here are some of the issues affecting municipal fleets today.

Fuel Funding

The cost of fuel burns a hole in everyone’s pocket. For those in the fleet management business, fuel costs can be unpredictable and extreme. Considering most municipal vehicles are on the road for hours at a time, fuel consolidation is an extremely important topic. Fleet managers should also be able to effectively monitor whether fuel is being utilized in the most responsible way. The best way to solve this problem is with GPS solutions. Using GPS technology, municipal fleet managers can keep track of all fleet activity to make sure no fuel is being wasted.

Monitoring Safe Driver Behavior

If your drivers aren’t practicing responsible driving habits, they can cost you more than a pretty penny. When fleet drivers drive responsibly, it keeps everyone on the road safe. Using fleet streaming cameras, municipal managers are able to monitor all driving habits. Being able to monitor fleet drivers encourages safe driving which, in turn, ensures fleet safety. In addition, we’ve observed increases in efficiency and overall productivity when drivers know that they know they’re being monitored.

Staying Up-To-Date With Technology

Staying up-to-date with technology may not seem like an obstacle in our device-filled world. However, municipal fleet managers have to go through multiple levels of red tape to make sure their fleets receive the proper funding for specific forms of technology. This is a two sided problem: it is the responsibility of the fleet managers to stay up-to-date on relevant fleet technology and it is the government’s job to make sure municipal fleets  have access to these forms of technology. The best solution is to hire technicians who are familiar with all recent technology who can stay on top of and advocate for any changes.

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