The efficient use of transport resources
such as vehicles, whether they are owned by the government or by the private
sector, is vital to providing access to services and markets. A variety
of studies, mostly conducted in the health sector have served to demonstrate
the benefits to be gained through the implementation of fundamental transport
management techniques. One such study highlighted that direct comparison
between weaker and stronger systems demonstrates that the better-managed
systems are 50 percent more cost-effective and efficient in supporting
health service delivery.
This article evaluates the need for
management of vehicle fleets be they owned by private sector operators
or by government organisations.