Victoria is Australia’s car theft capital

Mark Schneider | 26/10/2016 10:01:44 AM

Australians tend to be a little parochial when it comes to their home state, proudly proclaiming the superiority of NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA, or wherever else they call home. We even have a history of putting state slogans on our number plates. But here’s one you’re unlikely to see adorning Victorian number plates: “Australia’s car theft capital”. Yes, Victoria has earned that unwanted title after an extraordinary 33% rise in car thefts in the year to Ju...

Reduce your insurance premiums with vehicle tracking

Mark Schneider | 22/04/2015 1:53:54 PM

You probably already know that GPS vehicle tracking offers a heap of benefits, telling you where your vehicle is at any time of the day or night, recording its movements and making FBT reporting a breeze, for starters. But did you know it can also reduce your insurance premiums?   Many insurers are keen to discount their premiums because GPS vehicle tracking makes recovering your stolen vehicle so much easier, and of course cheaper for them.   When you have a Fleetdynamics t...

The benefits of fleet management reporting

Kirsten Brent | 27/11/2013 12:07:57 PM

When running a large corporate fleet, or even a smaller fleet as part of a small to medium enterprise, it can sometimes be an information overload – fuel receipts, odometer readings, and service logs can all stack up and cost your business time and money. By outsourcing your fleet management services and using a reporting software package, you can keep up to date and in control of your fleet. Reporting can offer countless benefits to your fleet and make your life exponentially easier &n...

Your guide to handling road works

Kirsten Brent | 21/10/2013 12:08:17 PM

We’ve all been there – driving along happily in free flowing traffic, only to see the long line of brake lights approaching. Then you see the lines of witches’ hats, flashing lights screaming out “road works ahead – expect delays” and workers holding “slow” or “stop” signs. You’ve hit the dreaded road works that you are likely to encounter on any trip through any major Australian city. Although being stuck in road works ca...

The connected car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/02/2013 1:47:20 PM

For many a “connected car” means plugging your smart phone into the cigarette lighter/charger or, if you’re lucky connecting your car and phone via Bluetooth. In car information systems vary from poor to downright archaic. I can’t tell you how many new or near new cars I’ve driven which wouldn’t even give me information on my litres per 100km figure. So whats going on? Why are our favourite vehicles so far behind a device as small as a smartphone?   ...

Look mum no hands – Googles self-driving car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/12/2012 12:29:30 PM

“You look at self-driving cars. You know a lot of people die, and there's a lot of wasted labour. The better transportation you have, the more choice in jobs.” Those were the words of much respected Larry Page on the topic of why Google is working on a self driving car. On reading the quote it appears that Page has over-cooked the explanation, a simple “It sounded like fun” would have covered it. Regardless of his and Googles motivations, its clear to all that mass...

Expanding your vehicle fleet –Some top tips to manage fleet growth

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 5/10/2012 3:20:27 PM

For many, the transition from one or two company vehicles to a full fleet can be slow, careful and easy to manage. For many others however, this process can be sudden and scaling up in a very short time period can cause real difficulty. When a significant number of new vehicles are added, spotting problems, maintenance issues and even fraud can become a real chore. In these cases the slow trickle of receipts from one or two cars turns into a flood of receipts and information on many new vehic...

The Modest Odometer

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 28/09/2012 3:24:38 PM

So it sits there, glaring back at us, pleading with us to explore it, understand it and get some use from it. We, on the other hand, ignore it and move on with our daily lives. “It” is the vehicle odometer figure which we, on most occasions, routinely ignore. For the most part ignoring the many seemingly random figures it presents is normal. However occasionally there is something to be learned from the figures under our nose. So what can they offer? This week we set out to find o...

The road trip checklist

Fleetcare Government Department and Rory Deegan | 3/08/2012 9:01:38 AM

Ah, the road trip. We’ve all had one, hated one, loved one or just had one we simply could not avoid. In Australia, like in the US, the long haul car trip is an institution with its own traditions and unique culture. Done well, it can be an enjoyable way to see the Australian bush and countryside. Done poorly and you’ll be at the mercy of the emergency services. With this in mind we took to creating a road trip checklist to help all those new at the experience.   The li...

The other problems with speeding

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 30/03/2012 11:18:39 AM

“Almost 50 trucks with tampered speed limiters have been netted in three separate operations and NSW police say it's a 'systemic issue' for the industry.” That was the opening paragraph of an article from the Herald Sun on the recent tampered limiters truck fiasco. While it’s uncommon for fleet cars to have speed inhibitors, the story still makes uncomfortable reading for all fleet managers. This week we take a look at the lesser known issues and potential soluti...

Route planning - Your directions to lower costs

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 8/03/2012 11:43:20 AM

We all know the feeling, you’re on a road, in the middle of nowhere, with some very poor directions. You’ve been trying to coordinate both your map and your notes, but things are not going well. While satellite navigation systems have eliminated a lot of the problems in this area, it is still relatively easy to get lost. Proper route planning has never been easier but in a strange twist of fate its seems that the skill itself is dying out. This week we look at some smart ways to s...

Fleet Manager Series - Outsourcing the big question

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 9/12/2011 2:02:59 PM

Anyone involved in managing a fleet of any size knows it’s a difficult and at times thankless task. Managing everything from fuel to FBT (fringe benefit tax) reporting it can seem that the work itself conspires to inexplicably build up at the most inconvenient and conflicting of times. With all this im mind we decided that this week we would write an article especially to help the small fleet manager (this is generally under 50 cars) understand the full spectrum of tasks which are demanded...

Fleet cost reduction for the long haul

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 24/06/2011 11:29:49 AM

In a perfect world, goods and services would be bought or sold with scant regard for costs and people could glory in the comfort of purchases and consumption. Unfortuantely we do not live in that world. With Greece in crisis, the US broke and the global economy still a little bruised, “Austerity measures” has transformed the way we think about cost control. With these trends and the new culture of business cutbacks in mind we thought we would outline some of the best long term cos...

GPS and Fleet Management

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/05/2011 2:02:55 PM

Since the American military released its first satellites in the “Block 1” launches back in 1979 the world of navigation has been forever altered. Long ago drivers relied on maps, intuition and local knowledge to get to customers and deliveries. Today when we peer into a police car or taxi we will see an entire dashboard of navigation and communication devices. Global positioning systems have changed the way we navigate, plan and forecast our own personal and business lives, but h...

Getting the most out of Fuel Cards

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 5/05/2011 2:14:38 PM

The humble fuel card has, for many Australian businesses, replaced company credit cards and cash in an effort to allow accounts departments generate a clearer picture of how much fuel is costing their respective businesses. Fuel cards simply add up all the fuel purchases made by a business and charge monthly through a standard invoice. While most businesses are content with the standard benefits (discounts, reduced administrative cost, reduction in fraud along with increased transparency ...

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