Fuel Card Services (part of DCC plc) Expands Fleet Management Solutions with Acquisition of Cubo, a Leading Expert in Integrated Telematics and Communications

Fuel Card Services Expands Fleet Management Solutions with Acquisition of Cubo

Fuel Card Services (part of DCC plc) has expanded their fleet management solutions with the acquisition of Cubo, a leading expert in integrated telematics and communications.

This strategic acquisition marks a significant milestone in Fuel Card Services’ journey to becoming a leading provider of fleet management solutions, particularly for small to medium-sized businesses. With Cubo’s expertise, Fuel Card Services will now offer a wider range of tailored telematics solutions.

These enhanced offerings include:

  • A suite of fully integrated solutions, enabling customers to track driver behaviours and employee productivity in real time, from anywhere in the world.
  • Camera Smart, high-quality fleet cameras with the power to drive down insurance premiums, improve driver behaviour and overall driver safety.
  • Integrated telematics systems including Track Smart, Fuel Smart, Tacho Smart and Trailer Smartall of which help protect and optimise your most valuable assets and give you access to a range of user-friendly reports by driver/vehicle and at fleet level.
  • Telecommunications Solutions – with flexitime and telecommuting here to stay, your business needs to adapt to a new way of working. Cubo work with organisations to find the technology and connectivity that your people need to work just as effectively away from the office, as they do in it.
  • Essential tools to ensure your business stays up to date with the latest legislation including compliance with Direct Vision Standard (DVS), driver hours regulations and tachograph monitoring.

The new solutions empower fleet operators to easily meet regulatory requirements, enhance safety standards, and optimise overall fleet performance. Additionally, the My Cubo portal provides real-time access to drivers, vehicles and assets, streamlining fleet management through digitalisation.

Jenny McQuaid, Managing Director at Fuel Card Services, said “We are thrilled to introduce these new solutions that address critical needs when managing a fleet. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best tools to optimise their operations, ensure compliance and improve sustainability. This acquisition will help drive the overall DCC Cleaner Energy In Your Power strategy.”

Conor Patton, Sales and Marketing Director at Cubo, added: “We are excited to join Fuel Card Services and contribute to its goal of becoming a leading provider of fleet management solutions. Together, we will continue to innovate and develop solutions that meet the demands of the modern fleet industry.”

Fuel Card Servcices wins bp award

Fuel Card Services Wins bp Award

We’re thrilled to announce that Fuel Card Services has won a prestigious award at bp’s annual distributor awards ceremony, “Elevate.”

This event celebrates the achievements of bp fuel card resellers across the country, recognising their dedication to selling the bp proposition.

Held at Mercedes Benz World, our team were met with open arms as we celebrated how we’ve contributed to the success of bp.

The highlight?

Fuel Card Services was honoured with the title of “bp’s Most Engaged Distributor 2024”

This incredible achievement highlights the efforts of everyone at Fuel Card Services. We’re incredibly proud of winning this award and are committed to defending our title in 2025!

Congratulations once again to the entire team. Here’s to continued success as we partner with bp to deliver exceptional service!

Our New Burnley Office!

Our Modern Workspace Opens in Burnley

Fuel Card Services is modernising. Our goal is to become a leading provider of fleet management solutions, and this brand-new office is a major step forward.

Our brand-new office in the heart of Burnley boasts over 15,000 square feet of space, comfortably accommodating over 200 employees. Featuring stunning views of Pendle Hill, the team can enjoy their coffee whilst watching the sun peek over the rolling hills.

Designed with creativity, collaboration, and employee well-being in mind, this cutting-edge workspace is the perfect environment for future success.

What’s New:

  • Collaboration spaces
  • Training area with pods
  • Brew station overlooking Pendle Hill
  • Faith room
  • Shower and locker rooms
  • Commissioned special wall art from a local artist

Burnley office murals

Fuel Card Services has also placed a high importance on sustainability.

A certified, carbon-neutral waste company collects all waste, making sure nothing goes to landfill. Waste is sorted and recycled where possible.

Any non-recyclable waste is turned into refuse-derived fuel, which is used as an alternative to fossil fuels in power plants.

Jenny McQuaid, Managing Director at Fuel Card Services said: “The opening of our new office shows our commitment to giving our people a great place to work. I’m very excited about this modern office, which has spaces designed to encourage creativity, teamwork, and collaboration. This will help us grow and reach our goal of becoming a leading provider of fleet management solutions.”

This state-of-the-art office is one we can be proud of, giving us the space to deliver more exceptional service than ever!

We’re excited to embark on this new chapter in Burnley and for the future of Fuel Card Services.

Driver ID Software: How Can Your Fleet Benefit?

Driver ID Software: How Can Your Fleet Benefit?

Fleet management solutions come in all shapes and sizes but one of the most fundamental elements of a functioning fleet management suite is the ability to identify drivers. For schedule changes, accidents, incidents or complaints, it pays to be able to identify drivers quickly. This is where driver ID comes into play.

In this blog, we will take a look at what driver ID can look like, including driver ID software, and why this fundamental element of fleet management and telematics is so important for the effective and accurate monitoring and analysis of driver data.

What Is Driver Identification Software?

Driver identification is a system that helps fleet managers identify which driver is operating a specific vehicle at any given time. This is achieved through various methods like key fobs, RFID cards, or in-vehicle keypads.

Benefits of Driver ID Software

Implementing a form of driver ID software is essential for fleet managers looking to further streamline their fleet operations, and the benefits speak for themselves.

Increased Accountability

Driver ID links drivers directly to vehicles, their usage, and the behaviour exhibited during that time. Harsh breaking, time spent idling, speeding and other driving habits can be tracked to individual drivers regardless of the vehicle they are driving, increasing accountability for conduct behind the wheel.

ID fobs, cards and keypads can also help remove the risk of unauthorised vehicle usage and theft, utilising ignition immobilisation.

Accurate Data and Reporting

Tied closely with accountability, implementing driver ID increases the accuracy of data and reporting. Offering more detailed avenues with which to organise and analyse fleet data, driver ID helps elevate reporting, giving you better opportunities to streamline fleet operations.

Minimised Administration

Organising driver data without driver ID can be time-consuming and clunky. Utilising intelligent driver ID software can help you to compile information easily by automating mileage tracking, working time and other important records.

Increased Efficiency

Implementing driver ID software increases the efficiency of your fleet operations by removing outdated steps associated with older driver tracking methods. By eliminating physical paper trails and automating the driver identification process you can save time and money for your fleet.

Driver ID-Integrated Telematics

Driver ID is a core element of a functional telematics system. Streamlining driver tracking and helping to reduce reliance on paper trail, a driver ID system integrated with your telematics software can quickly save you time and help to elevate your fleet management.

Tele-Gence from Fuel Card Service is a versatile telematics system that is adaptable to your fleet needs. With add-ons including driver ID, dash cams, vehicle and asset trackers and privacy buttons, you can build a fleet telematics system that works for your business and fleet usage.

Driver Behaviour Scores with Driver ID

Utilising driver ID and tracking, Tele-Gence telematics software gives drivers a score out of 100 for key driving behaviours:

  • Speeding
  • Harsh Cornering
  • Harsh Braking
  • Harsh Acceleration

This information can help you find areas requiring improvement, stand-out drivers and those who pose risks on the road, giving you the ability to place funding, training and development in the right places.

Fleet Solutions from Fuel Card Services

Telematics systems aren’t the only way that you can streamline your fleet operations. The right suite of fleet software and tools can help you to further reduce time and money spent on administration, cut down fuel usage and streamline your payments.

At Fuel Card Services we have a vast range of fleet solutions to put to work. From fuel cards and charge cards that offer great savings and fuel station access whatever shape or size your fleet is, to MyDriveSafe which improves your fleet safety by making vehicle checks quicker and easier to manage.

If you are looking to implement a fleet telematics system that utilises leading technology including driver ID, get in touch with our experts today.

Fleet AI: How Artificial Intelligence Underpins Fleet Solutions

Fleet AI: How Artificial Intelligence Underpins Fleet Solutions

AI capability has seen dramatic growth in the last year, and it shows no sign of slowing down. With generative AI such as GPT-4 and Google’s Gemini Ultra hitting the market, and many major software companies integrating AI directly into their products, what does this mean for fleets?

While we can expect to see AI advancements develop the way fleet technologies work, the use of AI in vital solutions such as telematics and route tracking is actually nothing new. In fact, AI functionality has been integral to fleet software packages for years. That said, we might see the role of AI ramp up amidst all the hype and newer technologies.

That’s why we’ve put together this article to help you, as a fleet operator or professional, understand how AI works to support fleet management solutions.

Artificial Intelligence vs Machine Learning

When it comes to fleet software and the application of AI within it, it is important to understand exactly what type of AI is at play. ‘Artificial intelligence’ is an umbrella term for the algorithms, strategies and techniques used to increase the human-like intelligence of machines. ‘Machine learning’, however, is a branch of AI and is the type of AI we see most often in fleet solutions today.

Machine learning is suited to applications that require adaptive solution generation for complex tasks. The goal of machine learning is to use human-like problem-solving to generate solutions at a rate faster than a human could. This streamlines processes so that businesses can save time on tedious tasks that can be handled quickly by machine-learning AI.

How AI Impacts Fleet Data Analysis

Data analysis is key to fleet optimisation and historically this data would have been collected and analysed manually to identify patterns, anomalies and pain points. Time-consuming and costly, manual data analysis is also subject to increased human error, so the implementation of AI data analysis and automation was a welcome addition (and natural progression) for fleet solutions.

The most prevalent piece of fleet technology in recent years has been telematics systems, and AI data analysis is vital in helping facilitate route tracking and driver behaviour to fuel usage and maintenance scheduling. For almost all aspects of fleet telematics and solutions, AI can be utilised to reduce error and identify patterns quicker and to a higher level of accuracy and detail than can be achieved manually.

For route tracking and optimisation, this might look like traffic and weather analysis, and rerouting to minimise idling time and fuel-intensive routes. Adding driver ID to this system means that AI-enhanced systems can also analyse driver behaviour to ensure vehicle usage is optimal, and optimised routes are adhered to on a driver-to-driver basis.

Predictive Maintenance with AI

Maintenance is always of the utmost importance for managing a safe and efficient fleet, but the larger the fleet, the harder it becomes to ensure that all vehicles are maintained and serviced and suitable intervals. The integration of AI into maintenance and servicing tools like MyService.Expert means that fleet managers don’t have to grapple with a vast number of vehicle servicing schedules, which is particularly useful for larger fleets with a variety of vehicle types. These tools can assist with the scheduling and booking of fleet servicing and maintenance appointments.

Additionally, the use of AI for predictive maintenance means that fleet solutions can flag vehicles at risk of breakdown or incident. For example, utilising vehicles sensors and analysing driving behaviours such as harsh breaking can flag to an AI system that brake pads and discs are wearing at a faster rate than average and identify the vehicle is in need of servicing before damage escalates. This preventative rather than reactive approach not only reduces the risk of a road incident but also means less downtime for a vehicle that has become damaged to the point of being unsafe for use – saving time and money for businesses.

Fleet of high tech white cars

Driver Monitoring with AI

Driver monitoring has been a point of contention in the past, with some drivers apprehensive about surveillance in vehicles. Despite this, driver monitoring and tracking is now essential for many fleets that want to optimise driver capability, amplify safety, and demonstrate dedication to both in line with industry standards and expectations. AI only serves to improve the quality of this behaviour monitoring, and the insights it provides should also help to provide drivers with a smoother and more painless experience on the vehicle management front.

In some driver monitoring systems, AI can be used to track driver behaviour in the cabin including drowsiness or aggressive behaviour. As driver behaviour can have serious implications for safety and for business reputation, tracking this activity can help both in the immediate by flagging when drivers need to rest, for example, or by identifying drivers who could benefit from intervention and/or training.

For long-haul drivers, this technology can be massively beneficial. Drowsiness is a significant risk for long-haul drivers and puts both them and others on the road at risk. Utilising driver monitoring AI and facial tracking can help to ensure that drivers rest when necessary and in line with driving hour regulations.

Evolution of Fleet AI

While machine learning is not new in the sphere of fleet solutions, it’s evident that significant developments are being made and its application in fleet software and devices will continue to evolve. For fleet managers, there is a great opportunity to tap into developing software and utilise AI in all its forms to streamline fleet operations, improve safety, and reduce administrative burden.

Fleet Solutions from Fuel Card Services

Leading fleet solutions already tap into the great benefits of AI and machine learning to support streamlined fleet management, and when building a personalised suite of fleet tools, the potential is vast.

Tele-Gence is an intelligent and customisable fleet telematics system that you can shape around your fleet requirements. When combined with smart tools like MileageCount and Fleet Check for mileage tracking and fleet management you can tap into a uniquely intelligent fleet suite that saves you time and money.

If you’d like to learn more about the fleet solutions available through Fuel Card Services or are interested in finding out more about how machine learning works in these tools, get in touch with our experts today.