Less than four out of ten fleets were run by in-house fleet managers last year, according to new research.
A survey by fleet management company Alphabet has indicated that number of fleets being run by managers almost halved from 66 per cent in 2011, to just 37 per cent in 2012. Meanwhile, the amount of companies choosing to outsource a manager more than doubled.
One explanation of this trend could be the growth of asset tracking software, which allows people to track and manage fleets from any location.
In an interview with employeebenefits.co.uk, Alphabet sales and marketing director Paul Hollick agreed that improved technology was partly behind the trend.
He said: "Because today's business systems allow policy to be executed by almost anyone from almost anywhere, the need for a single point of in-house authority and process expertise is diminishing as organisations increasingly turn to outside specialists for services and guidance.
"The new modus operandi for fleet management today is to outsource the nitty-gritty of fleet operations, while decision making on key elements stays in-house."
According to fleetnews.co.uk, only 40 per cent of those questioned said that cost savings were the main reason for outsourcing their fleet management. Just four per cent said they confer with an HR department before making executive decisions.