Fleet maintenance focuses on the operation of company vehicles in a fleet as well as the maintenance of other components that support the operation of those vehicles. Fleet maintenance management oversees all aspects of the organization associated with fleet maintenance, including personnel and budgetary considerations. Fleet maintenance managers must focus on objectives that serve to achieve organizational goals that are consistent, time-sensitive and measurable.
Determining how fleet maintenance will function within the organization is an important objective for managers. For example, managers must determine if the company will provide the maintenance for vehicles on-site, outsource the maintenance or offer contracts to maintenance technicians on a per-project basis. This decision will determine how all other aspects of the fleet maintenance system will operate on a consistent basis. In addition, managers must develop schedules for vehicle preventative maintenance and routine maintenance that can be monitored and are supported by documentation. Accomplishing this objective will ensure that there is an established routine for fleet maintenance as well as the personnel in place to support that routine.
Managers in fleet maintenance must identify organizational leaders and work with them to both strengthen the organization and achieve organizational goals. This is necessary because it is through strong organizational leadership that adherence to regulations, concentration on health and safety, compliance with security policies and employee motivation to achieve the organizational mission will be established.
Due to the very nature of fleet maintenance, management must strive to achieve an atmosphere of collaboration among all entities associated with the organization. This objective will have a significant impact on the outcomes of the company because it involves all personnel associated with the organization, from maintenance technicians to administrative personnel and leaders. An environment where all workers collaborate as a team ensures that maintenance projects are completed on time and in an effective manner.
One of the primary objectives of fleet maintenance management is to develop plans for the function of all entities associated with vehicle maintenance. These plans, or policies, should include the maintenance procedures to be followed, the vehicle replacement plans for the company and the requirements for the collaboration between fleet maintenance teams. These plans provide the framework for the function of fleet maintenance and serve to guide the company and its employees toward achieving organizational goals.