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Multi-tasking managers at SMEs spend 32 hours a month on fleet administration

Multi-tasking managers at SMEs spend 32 hours a month on fleet administration

Multi-tasking fleet managers at small-medium firms spend an average of 32 hours a month on fleet administration, often with little supporting knowledge and no tools, new research shows.  

The finding is contained in a new small-medium business guide to servicing, maintaining and repairing (SMR) company vehicles created by Allstar Business Solutions, designed to help those managers.  

Allstar’s research - covering more than 200 businesses - also revealed that 98% of those responsible for fleets of up to 50 vehicles were additionally accountable for a range of other tasks and duties alongside fleet management, including general management, finance, sales, marketing, HR and more.

It also uncovered that, in many cases, potential time and money saving tools were not being used. For example:
  • 65% of managers with company vehicle responsibility manually approved all SMR work          
  • 82% of small-medium firms were getting no discount of any kind from suppliers on their service, maintenance and repair (SMR) costs.  

Covering six key areas of SMR, the Allstar guide is designed to support those who have found themselves with fleet responsibility alongside other roles, but don’t have the experience or resources accessible to those at much larger organisations.  

The key sections of the report are: Why SMR is important, how to create an SMR policy, how to choose suppliers, how to manage drivers and book work, the financial aspect and management tools.  

Nick Webb, marketing director at Allstar, said: “We’ve created this guide so that those managing SMR for fleets at small-medium businesses can benefit from the insights we have, building confidence and skills in managing fleet maintenance as efficiently as possible.  

“Fitting SMR management around other responsibilities means many will have limited time to investigate new management tools and methods, but that shouldn’t mean they miss out on time and money-saving options.”