Three-quarters of operators (74.5%) say managing a commercial fleet has become more stressful in the past few years, according to brand-new research conducted by Fraikin, Motor Transport and Commercial Motor.

Managing drivers, handling compliance and pressure to reduce costs were all cited as key stress factors.

More than half (53%) also revealed that fleet assets are being used more intensively today than they were three years ago, with a significant 70.4% finding it a struggle to fill driver vacancies in their businesses.

The 'Fraikin Fleet Management Operator Survey 2019' drills into the key issues affecting fleets today, including the complexities of adopting new technology, driver recruitment, DVSA Earned Recognition and reducing vehicle emissions.

Companies of all size have been represented in the research, more than half (58%) being board directors, owners or senior managers at UK road transport operators and a further 24% in middle management roles.

“Fraikin’s aim with this report was to develop a deeper understanding of how fleets are reacting to some of the key issues in our sector,” said James Walker, commercial director, Fraikin.

“We pride ourselves on being far more than simply a vehicle supplier and know how important it is to stay ahead of the curve and to truly understand what is driving change in our industry.”

This report was produced in collaboration with our sister title Commercial Motor. It is free to download for all registered users of - and registration is free too. Click here to download this report from the Commercial Motor website and either log in or register if prompted to do so.