European interim fleet manager company FleetLocum has announced its intentions to expand to the UK as the firm believes the demand for temporary fleet bosses is set to increase in the near-future.
The company said “unprecedented uncertainty” across the industry is leading to public, private and voluntary sector organisations are struggling to review current policies.
FleetLocum said its charges vary and can be based on a day rate, per vehicle managed or an individual fee per project. The business added it can provide organisations with an experienced fleet manager on a temporary, interim or permanent basis as well as covering for long-term illnesses.
“Many UK organisations are struggling to implement vehicle policy and procedure changes because they do not have the required in-house professional fleet management expertise,” said Tony Donnelly, chief executive of Goodwood Corporate Mobility, parent company of FleetLocum.
Donnelly added part of the problem is that in recent years the role of the fleet manager has evolved from being a specific job role to placing responsibility for fleet operations to personnel within a HR department. “Many organisations have decided that fleet is a non-core activity, but those same companies and public and voluntary sector employers would, I believe, find it difficult to function efficiently without an effective, well-managed company car and van operation,” he said, concluding: “Furthermore, they lack the in-house knowledge and experience to focus on strategy and cost management around issues such as fleet funding, vehicle choice lists, operating policies and corporate risk in a changing world.”