If you may have a van, car or even a waste collection fleet Gfleet has solutions to the problems of reducing fuel and capital costs while cutting carbon emissions. Taxi licensing is another area of expert knowledge and we can help you with improving the quality of taxis in your area. We also like to think we coined the term Grey Fleet using it in one of our first reports in 2001 and since then we've developed expertise in cutting Grey Fleet mileage across a range of organizations.
- Downsizing a van fleet can cut 30% off you fuel bill.
- Waste trucks can be burning fuel at 2 or 3 mpg and costing thousands.
- Taxi licensing impacts on a range of other services from education to social services.
- Your Grey Fleet may be your biggest carbon source and your biggest risk.
Whatever your road transport management problem we can help. For a more detailed description of our specialist services select one of the links below.
Are you making full use of your fuel cards? Did you know you can setup exception reporting to ensure that your fuel card data is robust and lets you accurately determine mpg and carbon emissions? Gfleet has experience of a range of fuel card on-line systems and we can:
- Setup exception reporting to ensure good quality data.
- ensure your drivers supply accurate information when its missing.
- Identify opportunities to make fuel savings across the fleet.
- Cut your fuel costs by as much as 10 per cent.
Let us help you make sure that you are getting full value from your fuel card system and that it is helping you to save money.
Vans are the workhorse of many fleets: utility companies, local authorities, couriers and construction companies are all big users of vans and Gfleet has experience of working with all of these industry sectors. As well as ensuring the vans are right-sized it is also important that fuel consumption and loading is accurately monitored to ensure that fuel is not wasted, that the vehicles are well driven and that they are matched to the job.
- Accurately assess the fuel consumption and carbon emissions of your fleet.
- Check utilization and load - are the vans right-sized?
- Compare with best-in-class alternatives.
- Assess safety standards: ABS, ESC, Bulkheads, Hours, Mileage.
- Check routing and despatch systems.
- Consider smarter ways of working that use smaller vans.
With modern vans capable of anything from 19 mpg to 76 mpg, and with fuel costs rising, choosing the right van for your business need has never been more important or had such a direct impact on your bottom line and your carbon emissions. With Gfleet's help you can cut fuel use, cut carbon emissions and even cut the capital cost of your van fleet.
With taxation of company cars, taxation of fuel benefit and even capital allowances all now based on the carbon dioxide emission of cars it is hardly surprising that getting the car fleet policy right can have a big impact on costs. But just buying low carbon cars doesn't mean your carbon emissions or your costs will fall. The wrong vehicle driven aggressively and the actual fuel consumption can be 40% more than the manufacturer's figures. We can:
- Assess the carbon (and cost) profile of your fleet.
- Check it fits with your aims and objectives.
- Identify opportunities to save on fuel and reduce tax liability.
- Check your free fuel policy is a real benefit to your drivers.
Let us help you make sure your car fleet policy is right for your business, delivers savings, meets the aspirations of your drivers, reduces environmental impacts and doesn't compromise on safety.
The poor fuel consumption of waste fleets make these vehicles one of the largest public-sector sources of transport carbon and therefore the biggest consumers of expensive fuel. It is not unusual to find some vehicles, on difficult rounds or driven by heavy footed drivers, that only just exceed 1 mpg - or £4.50/mile. A lot of money is resting under the foot of each driver!
To ensure your waste fleet is operating at its best you need to understand the detail of fuel use, measuring fuel consumption on each round and linking it to waste type, waste mass, number of households and a number of other key factors. Gfleet can help you identify problem vehicles, problem rounds and even problem drivers.
This fleet can account for up to 30% of a local authority transport carbon emissions, getting fuel consumption under control in this fleet can deliver big savings fast - both carbon and cash.
As the licensing authority a council can influence the safety, emissions and carbon intensity of the Taxi (Hackney) and Private Hire Fleets in its area. And it can do all this without imposing unreasonable restrictions that would push up the cost of operating a taxi. Making sure all the taxis meet minimum air quality standards (for the emission of NOx and particulates), is safe (meets relevant NCAP standards) and is also low carbon, does not mean operators having to buy brand new vehicles but it may mean vehicles over ten years old are not acceptable.
The quality of the licensed vehicle fleet is important, not only does ensure the public are driven in safe vehicles, it also impacts on the quality of vehicles available for council use: for education and for social services. By ensuring the fleet meets reasonable minimum standards a council can have a big impact on the quality of the taxi service without imposing unreasonable costs on the operators - many of whom would save money if they operated fuel efficient vehicles.
The tax licensing review includes:
- Profile current licensed vehicle fleet: Age, Euro Standard, NCAP Star and Carbon.
- Establish options for change: both aspirational and minimum practical
- Establish a time line for change that works with replacement cycle.
- Assist with communication of strategy to licensed vehicles operators.
With the right licencing standards in place the quality of licenced vehicle services to local residents and to council clients can be significantly improved, often at very little cost.
We like to think we coined the phrase Grey Fleet. In 2001 while working on one of our early projects we became aware of just how many miles were being driven "on business" in privately owned cars. Indeed in many public sector organisations most business mileage is being driven in the Grey Fleet and not the van or even the HGV fleet.
The Fleet Manager is often under pressure to improve the carbon emission of the organisation's own fleet while several thousand Grey Fleet drivers are producing twice as much carbon in a fleet which includes some vehicles over 20 years old. If your organisation aims to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and enhance road safety the Grey Fleet may be pulling in the opposite direction on all three counts!
- Collate detailed mileage claims and vehicle data.
- Establish cost profile and actual gross mileage cost £/mile.
- Compare costs with alternative reimbursement rates.
- Establish fleet profile: Age, Safety, Emissions.
- Cost alternatives: pool fleet, car clubs, hire cars.
A good Grey Fleet policy will make using privately owned vehicles the option of last resort. Only used to get to a local transport hub or for very short local journeys. And a good policy will remove the financial incentive to make journeys, saving money, cutting mileage and cutting costs.