IPWEA Blogs

A bad manager blames everyone else! By: Anonymous Fleet Manager You know the old saying – a bad carpenter blames his tools. Well, I’ve got a new one – a bad manager blames EVERYONE ELSE! How many times have you heard someone say “The trouble is these young people…” or “It’s hard to get good help these days”. Well to those managers I say, what have you done to support the team? Have you specified the job properly? Have you provided detailed induction, so the new person understands what is expected? Have you ensured adequate supervision? Have you explained where to get help? Have you undertaken and skills analysis to understand any training requirements ...
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Ask the Expert: The Issues Facing Local Government Fleet Management and the Technology That’s Solving Them With Lou Boyle, National Manager of Local Government at Teletrac Navman Tell Us About Yourself My interest in technology flourished as CEO Representative and Head of Corporate Affairs for Telstra in Queensland. Soon after, I went to work with the Local Government Association as their Innovation Executive, working with councils to better understand what they were doing within the technology space. I have also been a board member of the Ministerial Smart Infrastructure task force with the Queensland Government, a board member on the Australian ...
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Ask-Your-Mates (FAQ)

In case you missed it, here's a recent post in the Ask Your Mates Forum Question on Road Condition Inspection Camera System s: Question on Asset Management Policies, Procedures guidance for Fleet and Construction Equipment I need some guidance in identifying the standards, best practices, and performance KPIs for a Heavy Equipment Rental organization. I understand the ISO 55K standards are applicable for all sectors which are involved in management of Physical assets. However, I need some guidelines specific for the industry which I can reference and tailor to prepare their Policies, SAMP, and associated plans. Besides, I am ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Fleet Management Certificate . The IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate is a recognised industry qualification addressing key principles and practices to manage a fleet effectively and efficiently. If you are involved in the management, maintenance, procurement and end use of plant, equipment, and fleet vehicles, then this self-study course may provide great value to you and your organisation. The latest course commenced on 8 February 2022 and was fully subscribed. The next course will commence 26 July 2022. View here the key course details and times or register to attend. ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET Strategic planning and operational responsiveness – Getting the balance right IPWEA held its Australasian Fleet Conference on 28-30 March. It was great to be back face-to-face, meeting others in the industry and hearing about best practice and evolving trends in the fleet industry. So many people commented about how good it was to be experiencing this kind of industry event again. The theme for the conference was Leading Fleet Management Through Change. What an apt and timely topic given our experience of recent times. A key takeaway for me was that fleet practitioners need to get the balance right between strategic ...
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Need a new strategy to attract and retain staff in this tight labour market? (Part 1 of 2-part series) by Anne-Maree Coyne – Senior Consultant, Modus Management Hiring good staff is certainly harder than ever! A record 85% of Australian businesses report that staff shortages are holding them back from operating at full capacity 1 . Retaining good is staff is also proving a challenge. Whether it’s called the ‘Great Resignation’ or Josh Frydenberg’s ‘Great Reshuffle’, 1 in 5 Australians have changed jobs within the last year and almost 1 in 4 are considering leaving their current place of employment 2 . So, to compete in such a tight labour market and ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference | Rob Wilson announces he’s stepping back It’s all systems go at the moment as we prepare for our first major face to face event in what seems like an eternity! The IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference is back live and in-person in Brisbane 28-30 March 2022 and will focus on Leading Fleet Management Through Change. The conference will kick off at 4:30 pm on Monday 28 March including an important keynote address on Key Issues for Australian Fleets. Informative presentations across the conference cover topics including: An International Perspective of Fleet Management Fleet ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference . “Leading Fleet Management Through Change” will be the theme for IPWEA’s upcoming fleet conference from 28-30 March 2022. Hear from experts in the industry share their knowledge on managing fleets in turbulent times, and how to prepare for the future. The conference is run by the fleet industry, for the fleet industry. The program is prepared in consultation with the IPWEA Fleet Council, a group of highly talented and experienced fleet practitioners. The topics delivered are practical and relevant to the challenges you face every day. ...
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Everyone thinks they’re a fleet manager By: Anonymous Fleet Manager Well, let me tell ya something! Just because you’ve got a couple of cars and a mower at home doesn’t make you a fleet practitioner! Just like organising a plumber to unblock your sink doesn’t make you a facilities manager. Contemporary fleet management is about a structured and methodical approach to ensuring an organisations investment in fleet assets delivers important business goals. It’s about efficiency through optimised expenditure. It’s about business assurance through effective regulatory compliance. It’s about bringing together various disciplines like ...
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Ask-Your-Mates (FAQ)

​In case you missed it, here's a recent post in the Ask Your Mates Forum Question on Road Condition Inspection Camera System s: Our Council is currently considering the use of a camera system installed on its rubbish collection trucks for the purpose of capturing road condition footage/information. Are any other Councils doing this? If so, are they using Council owned vehicles or contractor vehicles? What types of camera systems are being utilised? How is the data being captured/managed? We would really appreciate any insights you might have in relation to the use of this technology. Thanks very much. Jacqui Mclean, City of ...
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Thinking about obtaining an industry recognised fleet qualification? Consider the IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate . You or your staff could be qualified in just 3 months by learning, practicing, and applying the critical principles, knowledge and skills required to manage a plant and vehicle fleet effectively and efficiently. Fleet Management is getting more complex, sophisticated, regulated, and challenging. Organisational demands are at all-time highs and businesses need skilled and confident practitioners proficient in Plant and Vehicle Management best practice. The Fleet Management Certificate covers the essential areas to ensure that you or your ...
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NHVR Sees Non-Conformity Rates in Fleets Significantly Decrease The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) recently released their findings in relation to the National Roadworthiness Survey 2021, which shows some noteworthy findings related to heavy vehicle inspections. A total of 13,325 units were inspected from 8,338 heavy vehicles and combinations with the majority of inspections taking place in jurisdictions that matched registrations. Significantly, there was a 17% decrease from the 2016 survey results in units that were inspected with at least one non-conformity. Further, most of these non-conformities only received a minor defect notice, which ...
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Leading Fleet Management Through Change The fleet community is facing unprecedented change and challenges which includes uncertain market forces, cost pressures, sustainability, short and medium-term expectations, managing change, leadership practices, effective operations, and the future of fleet to name a few. The good news is that the Queensland borders are now open and there’s no better time to book your tickets to attend the 2022 IPWEA Fleet Conference, which is going to be held at the Brisbane Royal International Convention Centre from 28-30 March 2022. Some of the conference highlights include: 180 attendees enabling sharing, important conversations, ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET Approaching the Finishing Line As we approach the finish line for 2021, it’s an interesting time to think about the extraordinary last couple of years and what might lay ahead. Some pundits are expecting supply side issues to continue through 2022 and into 2023 driving up pricing and extending lead times (well, at least residual values are up as well!). It’s not just the lack of supply of microchips and the residual effects of COVID related shutdowns that are the issue. It’s also about dealing with transport capacity (especially for somewhere as remote as Australia) and the backlog in demand from the last couple of ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference . “Leading Fleet Management Through Change” will be the theme for IPWEA’s upcoming fleet conference from 28-30 March 2022. Hear from experts in the industry share their knowledge on managing fleets in turbulent times, and how to prepare for the future. The conference is run by the fleet industry, for the fleet industry. The program is prepared in consultation with the IPWEA Fleet Council, a group of highly talented and experienced fleet practitioners. The topics delivered are practical and relevant to the challenges you face every day. Register ...
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Same Old Story By: Anonymous Fleet Manager Same old story. Everyone wants good public transport, but no one wants a bus stop at the front of their house! The organisation wants EVs, but “leadership” wants a 4x4 to tow their boat on Saturdays! It’s well past time for people to put the big picture first. If we can’t get senior management to lead by example why should everyone else tow (pardon the pun) the line. Anyone can come up with a tale about why a certain vehicle is not fit for purpose – yes…A TALE. Let’s be analytical. Look at the utilisation data, look at the application, carry out an objective fit-for-purpose assessment and then make objective ...
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Internal Combustion

What is it with people wanting to live in the past! By: Anonymous Fleet Manager I tell you, if some of the people I’ve met lately had their way we’d be fashioning horseshoes in the forge and putting steel tyres on wagon wheels! Change is inevitable and we need to be at the front end holding the reins – not at the back cleaning up the manure! – Have I taken the horse analogy too far? Seriously – Lets grasp new technology and all the potential benefits. The diagnostic equipment that is available, the smart electrical systems on new vehicles, new high performing engines, smart control systems on plant, electric vehicle batteries, even management apps ...
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Genesis Presents Vision for Sustainable Future Genesis unveils the blueprints for electrification of its entire vehicle lineup to usher in sustainable future Under the dual electrification strategy, all new vehicles will be purely electric starting from 2025 with fuel cell EVs and battery EVs Genesis plans to become a 100 percent zero emission vehicle brand by 2030 and aims to become carbon neutral by 2035 2 September 2021 Genesis globally announced the vision of electrification for a sustainable future with the live stream release of its vision statement film, “Futuring Genesis,” available here . Since its launch in 2015, Genesis has been ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Virtual Fleet Management Workshop . The Virtual Fleet Management Workshop will include a mix of interactive professional development sessions and industry briefings in an easy to access on-line format. You will still be able to participate and ask questions of the presenters from the comfort of your office or home. The workshop will run from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm AEDT on Tuesday, 26 October 2021. Fleet Management Certificate . The IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate is a recognised industry qualification addressing key principles and practices to effectively and efficiently manage ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET It’s well worth being part of the upcoming Virtual Fleet Management Workshop I’m looking forward to our Virtual Fleet Management Workshop to be held on Tuesday 26 October. This is the second year that we have run the workshop in a virtual format due to travel restrictions. The format has proven to be very effective and opens up availability to not only those in lock down but also fleet practitioners in more remote areas. Past participants have told us that they like a mix of training, industry information and to hear from other fleet practitioners at these events and we’ve managed to build that into the program again ...
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