“Success in fleet management,” observes Key Hire Managing Director, Tony da Silva, “rests on above average operational competency.” da Silva continues – “It all starts with fleet policies that are both efficient and effective. From that position one can proceed to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that imbue a culture of discipline and a way of correctly operating, regardless of who is conducting the task.”
“SOPs must be under continuous review,” says da Silva. “There is no point in having a SOP that no one observes through lack of training, cumbersome bureaucracy or operating conditions that make a SOP ineffective,” comments da Silva.
Fuel and fuel consumption are the single biggest operating cost, regardless of fleet size, and a good starting point for installing SOPs. For example, here are a few touch points that must be included in daily, or regular long-term SOP disciplines regarding fuel and oil:
The percent increase in volume for petroleum products is: 0,063% temperature change in 0C. This means that a change of only 100C in temperature from underground storage to on-board a truck produces an effect of 0,63%. The knock-on result is 1,26 litres ullage inside a 200-litre medium truck fuel tank.
The above examples for fuel and oil SOP are easily extended into other major cost centres such as tyres. It is time to tighten up SOPs.