Driving for Better Business has launched a new fleet benchmarking tool, which was demonstrated to Fleet200 executive club members for the first time at a virtual meeting on March 30.
The online tool is funded by the Department for Transport and has been developed in partnership with Roadsafe and Fleet News.
It’s a first of its kind system and will enable organisations of all sizes to compare and contrast their safety and environmental performance against others in the same sector, giving them vital insight to improve their fleet operations.
“It's a question a lot of you are already being asked by your management teams, how do we compare to others? And actually, that's quite a difficult question to answer,” said Andy Price, director of Fleet Safety Management.
Users can input data in two ways. Firstly, a small amount of high-level data can be inputted to give a quick snapshot of what a fleet looks like. This includes fleet size, mileage and the total number of claims and repairs.
Fleets can also input more in-depth data, including costs associated with maintenance and fuel, for even greater analysis.
Data from partner organisations has been uploaded into the system to provide a baseline for the benchmarking and as more fleets provide data the tool will give more accurate results.
“It's not just benchmarking against the against your peers. It's seeing how you have evolved over time. You can look data between departments within your own organisation,” Price added.
The system can store data from a user, if they wish, and allow comparisons on a year-by-year basis. This means fleets can not only track their progress against others but also see how their own fleet has improved over time.
Simon Turner, campaigns manager at Driving for Better Business, said: “We've got our online gap analysis that will allow you to find where some of the gaps are and will help you improve and get yourself closer to that best practice benchmark.
“Then it's about taking action to fill those gaps. It’s a circular process really, where you're benchmarking to see where you are, looking to see where the obvious gaps are that you can improve and take some action, give them a little time to bed in, and then back to benchmarking.”
To support the new tool, the Driving for Better Business website has been updated with new resources to help fleets deal with specific issues.