Digitalising walkaround checks and defect reporting is the number one reason for businesses saying they want to adopt fleet management software, according to Fleetcheck.

The software firm said an analysis of the top five reasons given by companies planning to buy fleet management software also included, in order: removing a reliance on spreadsheets; improving compliance; centralising fleet data; and ensuring that key diary dates such as MOT tests were recorded. 

Fleetcheck managing director Peter Golding said: “This survey has been compiled from businesses who have contacted us over the last year with a view to adopting our software to improve their fleet management – and it makes interesting reading.

“The fact that walkaround checks top the list shows that there continues to be a high level of interest in moving away from paper-based systems for these essential processes and towards the improvements that digitalisation can deliver. Further to this thinking, it’s also noteworthy that ‘improving compliance’ is mentioned prominently in the survey.

“Looking at other results, it’s interesting that the desire to move away from spreadsheets remains a key factor in fleet management software buying. This has been an argument for the adoption of specialist fleet software for many years and, as fleet management becomes ever more sophisticated, the limitations of using a spreadsheet are becoming ever more apparent.

“Finally, the desire to centralise data is something that has very much been driven by post-pandemic conditions. More people are still working from home, including those involved in managing the fleet, and having remote access to information is essential to them.”