Option 9: Fleet management software
How it works
Fleet management software may include a module for mileage capture. This will work in much the same way as a dedicated mileage capture system.
The price may be negotiated as part of the overall package.
If a company already has fleet management software, it is logical to incorporate mileage capture to create one integrated system, utilising its established relationship with the software provider. Data on the system may be pre-populated in the mileage capture system.
Dedicated mileage capture systems may have more sophisticated functionality such as the ability to verify mileage.
Option 10: Telematics
How it works
A telematics or tracking device is fitted to the vehicle. At the start of a journey, drivers can usually press a button to select whether it is for private or business reasons.
They will then need to log on to a web-based application/telematics software to generate a report for their expenses. At this stage they will need to input the reasons for each journey.
TomTom Business Solutions has launched an app for £6.99 that works in conjunction with its telematics device.
The app synchronises with the telematics journey data which means there is minimal input from the drivers – they simply tap in the reason for each journey.
“If it’s on your phone you update it more regularly,” says Giles Margerison, sales director at TomTom Business Solutions. “You can fill it in anywhere at any time.”
Accuracy is high, every journey is logged (if the privacy option is selected the mileage is still recorded), reduced administration for drivers and telematics offers a number of other benefits such as the ability to know how the vehicle is being driven.
Most expensive option, installation time, driver resistance to telematics, unlikely to be an option for cash allowance/grey fleet drivers and drivers may press the ‘business’ option for private journeys so this will require monitoring.
So which is best?
The right solution will be different for different companies.
It will depend on cost, what the company and drivers already have (fleet management software, fuel cards, telematics, smartphones etc) and company culture.
Several providers have started to move towards a combined approach (TMC offering an app as well as its mileage capture system, Allstar giving the option of a dongle as well as its fuel cards and TomTom offering an app that works with it telematics device) and fleets may find a combined approach works best for them.
Whichever solution is chosen, it is essential to have robust auditing procedures in place.
To find out how to perform a fleet mileage audit, go to fleetnews.co.uk/mileageaudit/