28 March 2018

As technology evolves, so do the vehicles that we see on the roads across the country. However, it’s not just the technological advancements that need to be considered; there are several key aspects that we see as having a large impact on the fleet industry as a whole this year.

That’s why this month we wanted to take a look at some of the other trends that will have an impact on the fleet industry.

 

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

2018 will bring continued developments in connected cars across fleets of all shapes and sizes. However, GDPR will have a huge impact on the way telematic devices collect, store and use the personal data of drivers.

To ensure that they are compliant with the new regulations, fleet operators and their customers need to get express permission from drivers to gather and store any “personally identifiable” information.

The driver has to give unambiguous consent for their information to be collected in this way. This would ideally be in the form of a statement or signed agreement, as “pre-ticked” boxes are no longer sufficient.

Data analytics

Over the years, we have seen a shift towards in-depth reporting and fleet data analytics. Not only does analytics give fleet managers and their teams an insight into the daily operations of their fleet, it gives them the crucial information they need to reduce their overall fleet expenditure.

At the same time, predictive analytic solutions give fleet managers the ability to see, in advance, if a vehicle is going to suffer from a mechanical breakdown. This data can then be used to reduce the amount of unplanned downtime in a fleet by planning in timely repairs, services and MOTs.

Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)

Come September 2018, the tests for emissions are going to change, thanks to the introduction of WLTP. Used to measure CO2 emissions, fuel consumptions and pollutants, WLTP will replace the previous New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test.

As clean air and lower emissions become more of a focus within the fleet industry, it’s important that organisations embrace newer, cleaner cars as it will have a huge impact on their fleet policy and the amount they pay in tax.

A shift towards zero-emission vehicles

For 2018, electric vehicles (EVs) and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) will give fleet management companies, fleet managers and the general public a wider choice of vehicles, specifically in terms of make and models.

There’s no doubt that the UK is heading for an ultra-low or zero-emission goal, especially with London already having a firm agenda to completely decarbonise its transport structure by 2050.

Business owners and corporate car drivers will play an important role in this shift towards zero-emissions if they make the choice to adopt hybrid and battery-powered electric vehicles.

Adopting these vehicles earlier on will help companies improve their environmental credentials, whilst also cutting the costs of running a traditional petrol and diesel fleet.

A new generation of fleet drivers and managers

As a younger generation of fleet drivers and managers enter the market, personal leasing and salary sacrifice activity will continue to expand.

Having grown up with continuous technological advancements, these new drivers will be more receptive to fleet tech, including route scheduling, automated expense reporting and remote working.

The added benefit to fleet managers is that they are able to collate all the gathered information to enhance their fleet operations, monitor their costs and ensure they are compliant with all employee Health and Safety regulations.

 

In summary, we know that historically the fleet industry has always been one of the first to embrace any new changes, whether that’s technological or operational. However, there are huge shifts coming regarding the data surrounding these drivers and an organisation’s policy compliance.

It will be interesting to see what impact some of the areas we have discussed in this article will have over the coming months, especially the shifts towards EVs and ULEVs.

To find out more about our fleet management and leasing, employee benefits solutions and driver services, call a member of our team on 0844 854 5100 or email CSalmon@sgfleet.com.