Replacements of brake pads and discs are the most common SMR jobs on fleet vehicles, according to a new list from epyx.
The company used data from its 1link Service Network platform to compile a new UK service, maintenance and repair (SMR) Top 20 and found that brake discs and pads accounted for 16.3% of all work carried out from the start of September 2019 to the end of August 2020.
This was followed by windscreen wiper blades (5.6%), pollen filters (4.4%), fuel filters (2.2%) and batteries (2.0%).
Debbie Fox, commercial director at epyx, said data showing why vehicles enter workshops could bring a definite value for fleet managers.
“For example, if you were running a major fleet and looked at this table, you could potentially conclude that encouraging drivers to adopt driving styles that produced less wear and tear on brakes and pads would be a worthwhile management objective, and look at ways to work towards this aim.”
She added that the 1link Service Network platform is also a key tool to ensure that work is only carried out when necessary, following fleet policies and helping to cut costs.
“Our account management team works very closely with customers to look at the way in which these policies are enforced and how they can be improved. For very large fleets, fractional gains can mean very worthwhile savings and there are always new ideas emerging, even in areas of SMR that are very well-established and well-understood.”
Epyx’s UK SMR Top 20:
|SMR action||Percentage of jobs|
|1||Brake discs and pads||16.3%|
|2||Windscreen wiper blades||5.6%|
|7||Tailgate wiper blades||1.7%|
|9||Key fob battery||1.5%|
|10||Brake light bulb||0.8%|
|11||Number plate bulb||0.7%|
|12||Air conditioning recharge||0.7%|
|13||Diesel particulate filter||0.6%|