MOX, the largest operators of golf cars in Europe, know more than most about managing golf car fleets. One of the growing problems being experienced is the theft and vandalism of golf cars. This problem is not just about people breaking in to golf clubs overnight, it can happen at any time of the day as well. MOX have introduced two systems to suit all budgets to minimise theft and vandalism.
The simplest of the systems is the Bug Lock. This is a mechanical device placed over the accelerator pedal, which is then locked to prevent any further movement. It is a visible deterrent which works on the principle that the accelerator pedal is the most important single element in the operation of a golf car, since it is also the starter for the car.
The next one is the Remoteplus manufactured by Golfplus. An electronic system for single cart and fleet use, it is operated by a remote control handset. Golf cars fitted with the system can be immobilised through the handset, which has a minimum range of 100 metres. This keyless system allows each car to be individually activated and deactivated from the clubhouse. The system can also automatically deactivate the entire fleet at a pre-arranged time, for example at 5.00pm in the dead of winter or at 10.30pm in high summer or at any time the club chooses. A further feature of Remoteplus is the ability to give details on golf car usage. This can then be compared with income to manage the fleet efficiently.
General manager of MOX UK, Glynn Patrick, commented, “Vandalism, misuse and in some instances forgetful staff, are an increasing problem in golf car fleet management. Using either of the systems mentioned will certainly reduce the magnitude of these problems and possibly avoid them totally. MOX offer more advantageous insurance rates for clubs who use our security systems or who can prove that their fleet is well secured at night.