Thursday, February 28, 2013

UK Road Haulage Operators and Freight Groups Get Cheaper Fuel Option

Two Leading Industry Groups Join Up with Card Provider
Shipping News Feature

UK – Following yesterday’s article on how a deteriorating exchange rate was adversely affecting the country’s truckers by pushing up the price of diesel fuel, comes the news that from this Friday (1 March), members of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) will have exclusive access to discounted fuel through a new joint fuel card from The Fuelcard Company. Lee Atkinson, the organisation’s Partnership Manager said:

“The Fuelcard Company is committed to supporting the needs of the transport sector and through our partnership with the *RHA and *FTA we are able to extend the benefits of a fuel card to their extensive member networks. A fuel card offers the tools to monitor fuel expenditure and usage; an indispensable resource in keeping track of every drop used.”

Operating on the Keyfuels network which covers one in five of all UK fuel stations, the new RHA/FTA Fuel Card can be used at over 1,600 sites nationwide. Many of these sites offer dedicated HGV fast flow pumps and a third have capacity for HGVs up to 44 tonnes. Members will receive a weekly fixed price based on the bulk fuel market, which for some could mean savings of over £50,000 per year on the national pump price.

In addition, users will have access to The Fuelcard Company’s online fuel management systems allowing them to keep a careful eye on every penny of fuel spend. And, when time really is money, administration is also significantly reduced, with all transactions listed on a single, VAT approved EU 6th Directive compliant e-invoice, meaning no more need for piles of receipts and cash claims.

Those signing up to the scheme will find that the Fuelcard Company’s smartphone app means their drivers can always find a fuel station and in addition, the online site locator gives the option to download fuel site info straight to your sat nav. Using the RHA/FTA fuel card means drivers don’t need to carry cash which, in turn, reduces risk of loss or theft as all cards are linked specifically to the company, driver or vehicle and Zero Liability protection is available as an optional extra, so no hidden costs usually associated with lost or stolen fuel cards.

The card is free for the first year when it will then be £6 per card per year thereafter, and there’s no contract to sign. And if the user decides that the RHA/FTA fuel card just isn’t for them, there will be no cancellation fee to pay. RHA Chief Executive, Geoff Dunning, said:

“The RHA/FTA fuel card represents great value for money. At a time when fuel accounts for well over a third of an operator’s costs, this is the one card they can’t be without. Managing fuel spend and fuel use are key to the success of any transport enterprise and for today’s hauliers, fuel costs cover more than just filling the tank. RHA/FTA Fuelcard users can be confident that they really are getting the most out of their tank.”

* Individual fuel card information site links for RHA and FTA members.