COVID-19 has already both officially and unofficially imposed changes on the way we do things, but chances are that the list is going to continue.
The lockdown measures and the new normal state in which extreme caution is recommended as well as avoiding possible sources of unnecessary contact have resulted in fleet managers having to control their vehicles from home. Particularly, a survey carried out by Fleet News has shown that a huge majority of fleet managers and decision-makers (around 73% of the interviewed) were working from home while only one in ten was working from home and the office and just around 15% was in the office on a full-time basis.
Those who drive their car for work, that is, the so-called members of what is known as grey fleets, might also see the consequences of that. If employees will become home-based in the future and no longer office-based, the journeys they will take for the purpose of their job will most likely be seen as business trips although they start from the home of the employee - and their contact and conditions might also change accordingly.
With people tending to rely less on public transport to seek for a higher personal security, chances are that personal vehicles would end up being driven for work purposes and become part of the grey fleet - with employers having the legal obligation that those vehicles are safe to be used and fit for their purpose.
If you are looking into controlling your fleet from home (or any other place) or recording and differentiate business and personal trips, be aware this is not something new for us at Transpoco - talk to us to learn how to do it with our fleet management solution.