Operating an effective and efficient fleet while keeping costs under control is the single biggest issue facing fleet managers.

With fuel prices at record levels, Government tax policies driving businesses along the low emission vehicle route and occupational road risk management all at the forefront of decision-making, fleet chiefs can be unnerved by the complexities.

But, help is at hand with fleet management software and occupational road safety specialist Jaama hosting another series of their popular ‘Fleet Management Essentials’ training incorporating duty of care workshops.

This year more than 400 people in charge of fleets ranging from five vehicles to 5,000 have attended the workshops and their popularity has led to more being held in the autumn.

Since launching the highly respected training programme, around 1,000 fleet decision-makers - many of them in small and medium-sized companies with part-time fleet management responsibilities - have attended workshops on key fleet issues, notably duty of care and the environment.

Now, Jaama has incorporated the full range of topics into its ‘Fleet Management Essentials’ training programme, which will also explore issues around managing the ‘grey’ fleet - privately owned vehicles driven on business - vehicle sourcing, managing suppliers and essential fleet documentation.
Managing director Jason Francis: “Running a fleet along best practice lines covers numerous areas from vehicle acquisition methods to the use of privately-owned cars on business trips and what to look for from suppliers to compiling driver handbooks.

“The complexities are huge and the law of unintended consequences can have a huge knock-on effect if one facet of fleet operation is changed without full consideration of its impact across all aspects of the business.

“With fuel prices at record levels and expected to go even higher over the coming weeks, a new dimension has been added to the importance of cost control.”

Seminars are being held on: Thursday, September 25 in Nottingham; Thursday, October 2 in Reading; Tuesday, October 7 in Birmingham; Thursday, October 23 in Bury; Tuesday, November 11 in Cardiff and Tuesday, November 18 in Brentwood.

Seminar places cost £375 + VAT per delegate including all course documentation and policies (worth £120), lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Discounts of two delegate places for the price of one or £100 off an individual delegate place are currently available. To book your place or for further details go to www.jaama.co.uk or call 01827 304750.

Published on: 12:00AM on 25th July 2008