Checklist: Optimising a Fleet’s Capital and Operational Costs

In order to truly optimise your fleets capital and operational costs, you need a certain level of information. Does your team have the systems and data to provide the right answers to the following questions?

How much capital do I need to optimise and run my fleet over the next 3, 5 or 10 years?

  • Am I able to accurately represent and request this funding from the board, the public or upper management?

  • How can I identify and smooth any peaks in the capital funding requirements over the next 3-5 years?

  • Are we operating the right business depreciation policy?

  • How much funding am I likely to be provided with, and what funding is actually needed?

  • What impact does legislation have on our operations? Are we green enough?

  • Can I assess the impacts on similar specifications by manufacturer to support my decisions?

What is the impact on my team in terms of costs quality and time for this function?

  • Do I have the systems to capture all the important data correctly?

  • How many systems/databases/spreadsheets are we using across the organisation?

  • What do I use to pull and analyse the data?

  • Who is responsible for this? Just one person (single point of failure) or a dedicated team?

  • How many stakeholders across the business are involved?

  • Who verifies and signs off on the data as being accurate and correct?

How many overdue assets do I have?

  • What is the impact of over-age assets on my replacement plan?

  • Have I been given enough recurring revenue (maintenance and parts costs) to cover the costs of these assets still in the fleet?

How much recurring revenue do I need each year to operate the current fleet?

  • How does recurring revenue affect fuel, maintenance, parts, downtime, hire, compliance and green initiatives?

  • Can I set annual operational budgets for fuel, workshop and operational customer locations based on the life of the vehicles and the approved replacement plan?

  • Have I factored in new legislation for greener vehicles?

How many vehicles and types do I operate?

  • Do I have industry specifications for all my operational vehicle types?

  • Do I know the age of each asset/vehicle?

  • When would be the optimum time to replace these categories of vehicles?

  • Do my current replacement models reflect the vehicles’ operational use?

How much operational history by vehicle, category and specification do I have to feed my replacement planning models?

  • How much vehicle history by year, category, specification and vehicle do I have to help me make the right decisions on life-cycles?

  • Do I know the specifications and model decisions for the next life-cycle?

  • Do I know fuel volume and costs?

  • Can I access odometer readings and annual mileage by category, specification and vehicle?

  • Do you know maintenance labour rates, charges and parts costs?

  • Are you aware of your vehicle downtime?

  • What are your average hire costs?

  • Am I able to score and weigh certain operational factors to help identify and optimise the replacement plan?

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