FORS Fuel Expert offers new diesel & petrol savings to FORS members

Fuel Card Services, one of the largest independent providers of fuels cards in the UK, has been selected to become an FORS Affinity Partner – the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
Working in collaboration with FORS, we have created FORS Fuel Expert, offering discounts and benefits to FORS members.

Fuel Card Services’ Managing Director, Denise Frost, said, “With FORS Fuel Expert, we now offer up to 16 different types of fuel cards, including all major brands – with exclusive service, savings, and security for FORS members and those working towards accreditation.”

Denise Frost

Service benefits include:

• Exclusive personal account manager
• Experienced FORS practitioner
• Full support for existing and prospective FORS members
• Up-to-date knowledge on the FORS standard

Savings benefits include:

Up to 5ppl saving (against UK average)
• Up to 10ppl saving on motorways
• FORS members save 60% off standard card fees
• Time and money savings

Security benefits include

• Fully secure cards with PIN, limits, fraud alerts and more
• 24/7 access to your fuel card account
• All major fuel brands available
• Backed by a FTSE 100 company

 

FORS Fuel Expert also includes FORS Reporting, a substantial package of reports including fuel consumption with MPG reports. These can be downloaded to Excel or can be exported to FORS Fleet Management System (FORS FMS), which is powered by Fleetcheck who are another FORS Affinity Partner. The package also includes C02 certificates providing information on greenhouse gases produced by the company vehicles – essential as evidence during the audit process.

Visit www.forsfuel.expert or call 03330 607 887.


If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from FORS Fuel Expert from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

Honda wins top honour for fleet technology

Honda has received industry recognition for its commitment to developing the latest vehicle innovations at this year’s inaugural Great British Fleet event.

The manufacturer was named winner of the 2019 Fleet Technology Award at a gala awards ceremony held at London’s Hotel Novotel on January 24th.

Honda was recognised as continuing a long tradition of focusing on high-end technology to boost the appeal of its vehicles, both among the driving public and business users.

Standout technologies that buyers want

Fleet engagement manager at Honda Jacqueline Rowe commented: “We are passionate that for a Honda to be a Honda, it must be different to every other fleet vehicle on the road and this award demonstrates that this is very much the case.

“To be recognised by our peers for our commitment to technology and innovation is a real honour.”

The manufacturer’s Honda SENSING and Honda CONNECT systems were highlighted in particular as offering advanced safety and connectivity packages to help separate Honda from its rivals.

Fleet-specific services, including Honda’s new interactive whole lifecycle costs calculator, were also hailed as a deciding factor in this year’s judging.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Honda has picked up a well-deserved award for the company’s continuing commitment to delivering cutting-edge vehicles that incorporate the very latest technologies.”

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Great British Fleet Awards

SEAT named Fleet Manufacturer of the Year 2019

SEAT has picked up the highest honor at the inaugural Great British Fleet Event 2019, being named Fleet Manufacturer of the Year 2019.

The award is recognition for the company’s significant successes in 2018, with the manufacturer having achieved its best annual true fleet sales last year. In total, the company saw 18,821 of its vehicles added to UK fleets – a 27 per cent increase from the previous year.

Overall, the marque’s SUV range proved extremely popular among fleet operators up and down the country. In addition, the launch of the new compact Arona was shown to be an excellent move, with the model receiving outstanding feedback from buyers.

SEAT wins in proud fashion

“To win such an esteemed award is an honour,” commented SEAT UK head of fleet and business sales Peter McDonald.

“We must thank the Fleet World team and judges for recognising what has been a tremendous year for us. For the vast efforts of everyone involved across the business to be recognised on such a platform is special.”

Formerly known as Fleet World Honours, the Great British Fleet Event is a revamped annual showcase of the best that the UK’s fleet sector has to offer. It serves to highlight and recognise the best operators and performers in the fleet industry.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “This is great news for SEAT and for fleet operators across the UK, with the brand having brought a wide range of outstanding models to the nation’s fleet market in recent years.”

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New year’s resolution: reduce running costs with BP

One of your main responsibilities as a fleet manager is to keep running costs as low as possible without compromising on service or security. Given the current economic climate, the pressure to find newer and better ways to be resourceful can be daunting, but with a little frugal thinking you’ll find opportunities to save in places you might not have considered.

Better maintenance

Poor vehicle maintenance often leads to costly repairs and frustrating, unplanned vehicle downtime. Not only do these disruptions impair your fleet’s operations, they can also damage your fleet’s service reputation, which can have a lasting impact on your bottom line.

Routine vehicle checks and reporting, as well as scheduled maintenance and servicing, are crucial ingredients for running a cost-effective fleet.

Rethink vehicle choice lists

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding which vehicles to include on your choice list for drivers (assuming your drivers don’t all drive the same vehicle model).

Sometimes a vehicle with a relatively low purchase or leasing rate ends up costing more in the long run once you consider factors like fuel costs, taxation, performance, durability and maintenance. As soon as you give careful consideration to the projected costs of vehicle ownership, instead of just initial costs, you can begin to narrow down the most practical options to include in your choice list.

Fuel efficiency

Individual driving style greatly affects the fuel consumption of a given vehicle. Drivers who adopt a smoother approach to the road are significantly less wasteful of fuel than aggressive drivers and can in turn help keep emissions low.

By incentivising your drivers to drive economically, you can make big savings on your fuel bill and can save money from having to conduct fewer wear and tear repairs. Using your BP Fuel Card mileage capture reports in My Fleet Hub, you can calculate the fleet average MPG for a given vehicle model and consider rewarding those drivers with the lowest MPG. This will encourage all drivers to drive smarter, and instilling this kind of behavioural change is likely to really help your bottom line.

Petrol consumption reached four-year high in autumn

Drivers spent more on petrol during the autumn than they had for four years, according to the latest data from the AA.

During the period, falling wholesale fuel prices drove petrol costs down by 11.5p a litre, which led to the major pick-up as fleet and other drivers were able to use more fuel at lower cost.

The latest AA Fuel Price Report also found that during the period from January to November 2018 the retail trade lost 179 million litres, which was the equivalent of 3.9 days of sales.

The middle week of January saw fuel prices fall below 120p a litre for the first time since March, while diesel returned to the levels last seen in May.

In the case of petrol, this contrasted with a price of £131.58p in mid-October, the highest seen all year. Diesel peaked a little later in early November.

The problem for drivers is that the wholesale cost of petrol has been rising again. Between Christmas and new year it increased from 30.3p a litre to 33.2p.

Motorists filling up at the pumps have witnessed varying levels of price, depending on how much these fluctuations have been passed on at the forecourt.

However, what is most notable is the growing differential between supermarket forecourts and those owned by the fuel companies. A year ago the difference in the costs of a litre of petrol was 1.7p on average, but it is now 3.6p.

An even bigger difference is geographical, where drivers filling up in one town may pay as much as 8p a litre more than their neighbours down the road.

The AA’s spokesman on fuel prices Luke Bosdet said: “Such a significant rebound in petrol sales indicates how critical price can be on demand. This is something the fuel retailers need to take note of, instead of dragging their feet when it comes to passing on wholesale cost savings.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The petrol price fluctuation has been quite stark in recent months. Fleet drivers will hope the recent rebound in prices does not go too far.”

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