New data from ARI Fleet UK, highlighted at the Fleet News Congress, reveals in real terms that vehicle maintenance costs are reducing from year to year, yet repair costs for some fleets are rising because of driver abuse and ‘unfair’ wear and tear. Geoffrey Bray, chairman of ARI Fleet UK, points to the failure by some fleets to manage their drivers effectively. “Drivers are the biggest influence on maintenance costs. Manage drivers effectively and unforeseen maintenance costs resulting from a failure to care for a valuable piece of equipment will reduce,” said Bray. “Fleet managers must adopt a zero tolerance approach to vehicle maintenance. That means managing drivers, changing attitudes and the result will be reduced maintenance bills.”
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