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Fleets should consider remobilisation plans, Epyx says

Date: 07 January 2021   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Fleets need to be thinking about how they will resume more regular operations once the Covid-19 pandemic ends, according to fleet software firm Epyx.

Despite the latest lockdown measures being introduced this week, the company says businesses need to be prepared in case normal operations return relatively, in line with the rollout of vaccines.

Epyx commercial director Debbie Fox said that while expert views on how quickly infections might go down varied, fleets should prepare for a scenario where more normal operations returned between spring and summer.

She said: "Fleets should consider how they will approach this moment as over the last nine months, very few have been operating in anything like a normal manner but we could finally begin to see a return to face-to-face meetings, for example. The new lockdown makes this possibility seem quite distant but change could happen relatively quickly.

"Certainly, we know from our experience that we have clients who want to be able to have in-person meetings as soon as they can be carried out safely. They desire the human aspect of the relationship they have with us. Video-conferencing has proven to be a really useful substitute but it will not replace all meetings in the future.

"Fleets should be aiming to effectively manage this transition in order to create positive and defined outcomes rather than letting it happen in a haphazard manner."

Fox said that plans for fleet remobilisation could include ensuring vehicles than had been driven infrequently for the past year were ready for more regular use.

She said: "Because of our 1link Service Network platform, Epyx has been closely involved in enabling cars and vans that have been essentially laid up on repeated occasions to be safely maintained.

"Ensuring this is the case can require expert advice as well as driver safety checks, and we have been working with our fleet customers to keep cars and vans in the best possible condition, despite the pandemic."

Fox said remobilisation could also include looking at a wider strategy for future company transport needs.

She said: "There seems to be a school of thought emerging that says the company car will remain the central plank of transportation for most organisations ­­- but it is likely to be electrified and used in a more strategic manner than in the past, for journeys that are believed to be necessary. 

"It will also be incorporated into wider mobility strategies that will aim to take advantage of new mobility options.

"The forthcoming moment of fleet remobilisation creates a natural point to assess concepts such as these and to decide whether they are appropriate for your needs - while this lockdown period could provide the space to incorporate new thinking into structured plans."