Half of road transport managers feel they do not have the resources to cut fuel bills
Nearly half of managers of haulage firms (46%) feel powerless to capitalise on opportunities to cut their fuel bills due to a lack of resources, funds and information according to a study.
It also found that two thirds (67%) singled out improving their drivers’ fuel efficient driving skills as the most effective way to cut their fuel consumption.
The fuel management practices of more than 200 managers for UK-based haulage firms were analysed as part of the work commissioned by Shell.
Over half (54%) think tackling driving practices would single-handedly reduce their fuel bills by at least 5%, while 12% think the saving could be more than 10%.
But the study also identified frustration among managers that they don’t have the resources to make the most of the insights that telematics systems are providing.
Phil Williams, head of Shell Commercial Fleet UK, said the role of haulage operators has become much more complex: “Not only are they required to manage day-to-day fleet operations, they also have to stay on top of emissions regulations, investigate new fuel and vehicle solutions, and find ways to minimise fuel consumption. Many managers are telling us they’re just not getting the support they need to deliver this.”
However, Jim Chappell, UK ECO Stars fleet recognition scheme manager at Transport & Travel Research, said the problem was not insurmountable:
“Driver training requirements identified thorough telematics can often be undertaken in-house and ‘on the job’. Similarly, employing someone to capture, sort, and present telematics and fuel usage data can be low cost in comparison to the total fuel spend and cost effective by freeing up a manager’s time to lead the implementation of fuel saving measures.”