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Coronavirus challenges drive fleet management system investment, say Jaama

Jaama has seen a surge in the number of companies signing up to its Key2 fleet management software over the past seven months, as fleet managers aim to tighten up on their operational and compliance administration.

The company has on-boarded new fleets with more than 11,000 additional assets. IIt has also seen a significant rise in customers rolling out its MyVehicle App for commercial vehicle and grey fleet drivers.

The uptake has been across the distribution, construction and local authority sectors, while activity in the contract hire and leasing sector has seen the procurement of new Key2 Business Solution systems.

“Companies have faced many driver and vehicle challenges over the past six months, and these are likely to continue for the foreseeable future which means everybody is relying more on their fleet systems. We have seen the pandemic speed up the gestation period of adopting a new fleet management system and we are now working hard to keep up with customer demand and we always want to exceed their expectations,” explained Martin Evans, Jaama’s managing director.

Vehicle and driver compliance has been at the top of all fleet agendas during Covid as the majority of employees are now working remotely. The slimming down of fleet teams due to company restructures and the furlough scheme has meant that companies have heavily relied on the automation benefits of fleet management systems.

Achieving a paper-free operation has been an objective for a number of commercial vehicle operators, to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid virus between driver paperwork and office-based staff.

This objective has accelerated the adoption of the MyVehicle inspection App for commercial vehicle drivers which fully integrates with Key2 and enables drivers to carry out vehicle inspections and log defects via their smart phones.

Information logged on the app is transferred in real time back to the fleet team giving an immediate audit trail and alerts of vehicle problems can be acted on immediately which will reduce vehicle downtime. The upsurge in vehicle demand coupled with limited replacement vehicle availability has meant that keeping vehicle downtime to a minimum has never been so important.  The grey fleet usage of the App has also seen a third more traffic as many drivers switch from public transport to their own vehicles for company business travel.

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