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Fleets must continue good fuel management despite falling prices

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 10:00
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FALL: Fuel management still vital

Fleets must continue to follow the basics of fuel management despite pump prices being at their lowest level since 2011, Chevin have insisted.

Fuel is the area where fleet costs have risen most during the recession, and Chevin believe there is a wide variance between best and worst practice.

Ashley Sowerby, Managing Director of Chevin, said: “Among the fleets with which we work, we see a wide range of different results when it comes to fuel management.

“This is a cost area where some fleets have strong and definite policies, while others have a much more laissez-faire attitude and believe that the issue cannot really be successfully managed.

“Our experience is that the latter is wrong.

“Diesel and petrol spending is something that very much responds to determined managerial action.

“While we may be going through a period when prices have unexpectedly fallen, this will almost certainly be temporary and they will again increase over time.”

Chevin advise that, to adhere to good fuel management practice, fleets:

  • Have the right vehicles, with outstanding fuel consumption
  • Only make necessary journeys
  • Use a fuel card
  • Buy at the cheapest outlets
  • Check the grade
  • Track driver and vehicle behaviour