Hauliers of all types and sizes should beware red herrings that could cost them many thousands of pounds, according to The Fuelcard People, part of The Fuel Card Group. Steve Clarke, Group Marketing Manager, has warned that some hauliers comparing fuel cards still believe in universal validity, a supposed ‘benefit’ that actually makes no sense.
He said: “Some people still think that they need a fuel card that can be used anywhere, as if major brand filling stations are hard to find. In fact, you can not travel very far on any British road without passing countless forecourts.”
He issued a challenge. “Next time you start your engine, think of any of the major brands: BP, Esso, Shell or Texaco. Then, count their forecourts as you pass them during the day. At the end of the day, ask yourself if you would have had difficulty in refuelling if you could only use that brand.”
The ‘universal validity’ concept was exposed as a myth some years ago, but persists because it is the only supposed ‘benefit’ offered by certain pump price fuel cards.
“You can not blame those suppliers,” said Steve Clarke. “When The Fuelcard People can deliver savings of up to 4p per litre, while they are charging full price, they have to try to find something to say. Common sense should tell any haulier that, whatever the brand on their fuel card, they should never need to go off-route to refuel.”
The Fuelcard People offers a range of leading-brand fuel cards and associated support services which enable professional drivers to purchase discounted diesel and petrol. The Fuelcard People offers fuel cards from BP, Esso, Shell, Texaco, Diesel Direct (Keyfuels) and UK Fuels Its personal approach sets it apart from other fuel card companies, and it ensures that each customer receives the most appropriate card for their needs.
Each week, The Fuelcard people notifies its guaranteed nationwide fuel prices for the coming seven days.Prices are typically 2p to 3p below pump prices, up to 10p on the motorway. It invoices customers for the fuel purchased and is paid by direct debit.
A typical customer is any organisation spending an average of £500 or more each month on fuel; including: HGV and LCV operators, Bus and coach operators, Taxi, private hire and limousine operators, Recovery operators, Skip and waste disposal operators, Car fleet managers, Logistics managers and many others.
The Fuelcard People is part of Fuel Card Services Ltd, an autonomous division of DCC Energy UK Ltd, part of the multinational Dublin-based business services group DCC plc.