It’s a fact that driver productivity can drop alarmingly in the heat of the summer, but it doesn’t have to be so. An air conditioned vehicle makes life far more comfortable and easier for them on the road.
It’s a fact that driver productivity can drop alarmingly in the heat of the summer, but it doesn’t have to be so. An air conditioned vehicle makes life far more comfortable and easier for them on the road.
Roof rack systems come in all shapes and sizes. We take a look at your options and consider the advantages of having a ‘second boot space’.
Converting a vehicle can have a major impact on a small business’s productivity, so how should an owner go about it? What finance options are available and what sort of conversion should you select?
Fuel prices are currently at their lowest level since the beginning of the year, with drivers paying almost 5p less per litre than in February.
‘Grey fleet’ is a term given to those drivers who use their own vehicles to make business journeys. It is imperative that employers understand the issues relating to this subject, particularly with regard to insurance.
When the time comes to part with your current fleet vehicles, there are a number of options you can take. Known as ‘remarketing’, it’s important to know which is right for you in order to get the best value out of your fleet.
In five years, there will be 250 million connected cars on the road. But what is a connected car? And what will be the impact on fleets and the ways that they are managed?
Although most of us love the hot weather, it can often be bad news for vehicles and employees. Not only do drivers feel sleepy and irritable, vehicles are prone to breakdowns if not properly maintained.
A van is a valuable asset and can be the lifeblood of any business. Not just the price of the vehicle itself, but the tools and materials kept in it. Van security should be a top priority for anybody with a commercial vehicle.
Funding your fleet is an important decision that can have a huge impact on the time you devote to running your business and managing your outgoings.
The Commercial Vehicle Show is the largest road freight transport, distribution and logistics event in the country. Over 21,000 visitors attend, made up of fleet owners, senior managers, engineers and suppliers.
There are many options available to record the journey miles undertaken by your drivers and we examine each one, outlining the particular pros and cons. Whichever one is chosen, it is essential to have robust auditing procedures in place.
Electric cars offer comparatively little maintenance compared to the typical passenger vehicle. There are fewer moving parts, fewer fluids and extended brake wear intervals. However, electric car maintenance must not be avoided.
The Commercial Vehicle Show takes place at the NEC Birmingham from April 25-27th and provides the ultimate showcase for products and services in the sector.
There are several things you should consider doing right now as the year-end approaches. For a small business, it can seem daunting, so use this checklist to make your life a little easier.
When you lease or rent a vehicle, you pay for the right to use a car owned by someone else. However, that's largely where the similarities end. Leased and rented vehicles are very distinct financial arrangements with different types of commitments and usage expectations on the part of the driver.
Most vehicle manufacturers now offer Service and Maintenance packages to help customers spread the cost of their servicing and repairs across the lifespan of their vehicles.
This spring, seven out of ten new car buyers will pay more road tax as cars once considered ‘green’ are squeezed for more money. Revised Vehicle Excise Duty tax bands on new cars bought from April 1 will add more than £500 to the long-term running costs of Britain’s most-popular and eco-friendly new cars. However, those who already own green cars, or buy them before April 2017, will not be affected and will remain on the current tax scales.
The big four supermarkets, including Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have announced that they are cutting their fuel prices by 2p a litre.
Properly trained drivers ensure that they are safer when out and about. We take a look at what should be included and how it can benefit the business.
We look at how fleets can use them to prevent accidents or how they can be used when accidents do occur, in particular for insurance purposes.
Failure to transport properly secured items can be extremely costly. Claims from property damage, injury or even fatality can run into thousands and thousands of pounds. We look at the regulations regarding securing your load and the responsibilities of drivers.
While fuel duty has remained frozen, pump prices have continued to rise throughout 2016, with further rises set for this year. As a result, business owners have once again begun to feel the pinch of these increases and have started to implement a number of changes within their business to counter these costs.
Another key method of reducing vehicle running costs is to analyse how vehicles are used day-to-day as well as monitoring the level of upkeep.
The introduction of new, cutting edge technology can have a significant impact on cost savings. Consider telematics. It can help to monitor driver behaviour, capture mileage and fuel consumption, allowing businesses to undertake more accurate tracking and in turn achieve greater savings.
Research commissioned by Volkswagen and the DVSA in 2015 revealed that more than half of UK van drivers could be driving without insurance cover—because their vehicles are carrying too much weight. The same research suggested that as many as 75% of UK fleet business owners do not know their vehicles are uninsured when overloaded.
Snow, ice, rain, it can get pretty hairy out there over winter. So to avoid a nightmare, check out the following winter driving tips and advice from fuelGenie, the fuel card company. Also don’t forget to plan ahead your refueling stops at places like Tesco Petrol Filling Station, as running out of fuel isn’t much fun either.
For many small businesses, a fuel card is a very wise decision when it comes to saving money and avoiding paperwork. Around this time of the year, it’s also important that we look out for each other, too. This means making sure everyone stays safe on the road. Drink driving has always been a hot topic, but morning after driving is now being discussed by many. Probably because the number of drivers that are getting stopped first thing in the morning is rising.
In 2015, Lex Autolease conducted a survey of avoidable downtime in fleet vehicles. The survey, which looked at 500 SMEs in the UK, found that 25 % of fleet vehicles failed their MOT: and that over half of the participating companies admitted to clocking up garage time through poor maintenance and driving.
While fuel duty was frozen again by the Chancellor during his Autumn Statement last week, motorists are set to be hit by sharp rise in fuel prices in the run up to Christmas following an agreement to limit output by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).
Modern fleet management presents many opportunities for driving down costs. In an era of unprecedented technological advancement, apps, telematics, better engines, and efficient fuel-efficiency tracking all add up to a fleet you can fall in love with.
Fleet managers are feeling the effects of AdBlue top-ups: and with most fleets running diesel vehicles also requiring AdBlue, uncertainties about cost or where to top up aren’t going away. Here are the facts as they stand.
Winter is coming: and the savvy fleet manager is already preparing for cold weather and poor road conditions. To help you get ready, we’ve put together a list of things to consider.
There are many types of fuel card on the market: from ‘standard’ fee-paying models like the Allstar card family, to the supermarket cards offered by fuelGenie. We think the supermarket fuel card model is a better choice for small businesses. Here’s why.
While credit card fuel buying or mileage-based ‘pay and reclaim’ buying may work for less frequent business use, fuel cards have the edge for full-time small business fleet management. So, what are the risks presented by credit card and pay and reclaim fuel buying, and the advantages of using fuel cards?
If your small business either owns or operates fleet vehicles, you could benefit from a fuel card. And in more ways than just saving money on the fuel itself. We take a look at some of the most impressive reasons to make the switch.
TyreSafe, the UK charity dedicated to tyre safety, launches its annual Tyre Safety Month this October. To celebrate the event, and raise awareness of tyre safety in the fuelGenie community, we’re taking a look at the issues—and the tyre safety checks we should all be doing.
While minimising risk is the best way to minimise accidents, some are unavoidable. With 150 work-related Road Traffic Incidents (RTIs) occurring daily, the statistics point to your fleet vehicles being involved in post-incident litigation at some point. The question is, how much will it cost?
The RAC’s Annual Report on Motoring, 2016, identified a rise in the number of motorists using handheld mobile devices behind the wheel. 31% of surveyed motorists claimed to have used a mobile phone whilst driving, compared to 16% in 2014. And the RAC’s isn’t the only study to highlight the problem. Brake, a charity dedicated to raising road safety awareness, conducted a survey of 25-34-year-old drivers, and found that more than 50% admit to having read or sent a text when behind the wheel
Recent MOT data shows that 38% of Britain’s vehicles fail their initial test. Almost half of the faults that caused the fails are easily preventable with routine vehicle maintenance.
Are you buying cars or vans for your fleet? We’ve put together some tips and tricks for the savvy car buyer.
National key cutting, shoe and watch repair, and mobile phone repair outlet Timpson has moved its fuel card custom to fuelGenie: and just five months into the contract, this thriving company is seeing big savings.
In the summertime, journey durations go up and road hazards increase. More traffic means more congestion, squeezing your delivery times and increasing the time spent in traffic jams. School holidays put children on the streets, increasing the pedestrian hazard. And driver comfort and awareness become hard to plan for as changeable weather creates cab conditions that are hot one moment and freezing cold the next. Preparation is key to keeping your vehicles on the road and out of the traffic.
Are your drivers properly covered for driving abroad? If your staff are taking company cars or vans across the Channel, they may assume their insurance already covers breakdown, recovery, and accidents. This may not be the case. It’s important to know exactly what your fleet is covered for before it travels—as improper cover can lead to hefty fines and vehicle repatriation fees. It’s also essential to know the basics of driving abroad, and to prepare by researching country-specific road rules.
Unmanaged, annual leave can leave you with a big headache. Your staff are entitled to 5.6 weeks of annual leave for every 12 months worked, if they work 5 days per week. And summer is the most popular time of year for time off, particularly if drivers have families and need to work around school holidays.
For 10 years, accounting academics and lessors have been arguing about the ways in which leases are recorded on your balance sheets. Now, a change to the rules has been approved. We take a look at what it is, and what it could mean for your fleet.
They say good manners cost nothing. In the fleet business, a friendly face and a good attitude can actually generate revenue. You treat your vehicles well, keeping them maintained and on top of their game. Do the same for your drivers, and the effect on your business could be another reason to smile!
We all know that running a fleet means counting pennies. But how can you drive down the costs of fleet management without adversely affecting the service you deliver? Follow these tips for smaller spending and more efficient driving.
Be safe on the road this summer.
Hot weather is bad for vehicles, and it’s bad for drivers too. Uncomfortable driving conditions can make us tired, irritable, and less able to concentrate on the road ahead. It’s important to minimise the mechanical and mental risks posed by hot weather, and get your fleet ready for the summer.
As a fleet manager, you’re bound to uphold the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This means you’re legally required to minimise the risks associated with driving in hot weather. How well equipped are you to comply with safety regulations in the summer?
Some of you may be old enough to remember the ad: ‘in the summertime, when the weather is high… drinking and driving wrecks lives’. This 1992 public information campaign, one of the most effective ever in the UK, began with a sunny afternoon in a village pub and ended with a dead child in a crashed car. The message has never been clearer. Drinking and driving increases in the summer, and serious accidents caused by alcohol consumption rise alongside it.
As a fleet manager, you’ll know your role has become increasingly financial. The demands on fleet managers to successfully balance vehicle acquisition and related assets increase with each passing year. If the end of this financial year has left you stressed-out and finding it hard to cope, you’ll benefit from the information in this article. Read on for tips on effective budgeting. You’ll also find out what the Chancellor’s Spring Budget means for your fleet.
You’ve probably been winterizing your fleet for years—but how many fleet managers out there are summerizing their vehicles? It’s important to plan for the summer months, just as you would plan for the winter ones. We’ve put together some key tips to help you avoid costly deterioration and unplanned maintenance.
Summer is also about holidays, and this year we’ve got an excellent travel solution for you. If you can’t bear the idea of driving on your time off, catch the train to any UK destination and enjoy big savings on redspottedhanky.com.
The freeze on fuel duty is good news for fleet managers: however, pump prices are rising, and your drivers could be spending more than they need to.
Now the seasons are changing, it’s time to get your fleet ready for warmer weather. We’ve collected some essential tips for keeping your vehicles at peak performance during high temperatures.
If you like the convenience of fuelGenie, you’ll definitely appreciate the benefits of a Premier Inn Business Account. In fact, it works in a similar way – giving you even greater control of your company’s hotel spend – and is completely FREE of charge, without any admin or set up fees. There’s up to six weeks interest free credit to help ease your cash flow and your employees can manage their expenses in a way that never leaves them out of pocket.
For professional drivers, and people who have to drive long distances for other work purposes, a long journey is an everyday occurrence. But did you know that it’s bound by the same guidelines as driving work vehicles on a construction site? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ‘Driving at Work’ guidelines require all fleet managers and employers of people driving on public roads to carry out risk assessments, and put best practices in place to protect staff and members of the public.
Did you know you can use fuelGenie’s satnav Points of Interest (POI) file to plan fuel stops, control the length of journeys, and make sure drivers don’t have to leave their route in search of petrol stations? Fuel efficiency is vital to cost-effective fleet management. Are you maximising your driver’s time on the road by finding conveniently-located fuelGenie forecourts before they travel?
Effective journey planning and good fleet management are two sides of the same coin. Check out our hints and tips for taking control of every drive, and start experiencing the benefits of increased management efficiency.
You may not realise all the benefits you’re entitled to when you choose to save money with fuelGenie; or the hidden costs that may be waiting for you elsewhere. To help you make an informed choice, we’ve gone through the biggest factors that should affect your decision.
Your fuelGenie card give you access to a world of benefits, from easy online management to no-hassle money saving. Find out how to get the most out of your fuelGenie benefits, and make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to!
There’s more to fleet management than fuel economy. Use these hints and tips to make your management more effective.
Meet Dan, our new friend. He’s a smart sort of chap, and he’s using fuelGenie to save a tidy sum on his fleet management costs. As you can see from our new video, Dan’s getting a lot of benefits besides simply getting petrol or diesel on a card with no surcharges.
The winter months bring the UK’s most predictable weather: wind, rain, ice and snow. Stop your fleet grinding to a halt by following these safety tips. Not only will they reduce the risk of accidents: they’ll also increase the longevity of your vehicles.
If 2015 was the year of telematics, 2016 looks set to be the year in which technology makes the performance of a vehicle itself safer and more efficient. Many of the improvements in vehicle performance created by these technologies are familiar to us already.
In January 2015, 10 car manufacturers debuted technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) instead of at an automotive show. This marked a shift in our perception of vehicle tech. Suddenly, vehicle safety technology wasn’t just a part of the car, but news in its own right. But how did it affect our fleets?
It’s not just the Christmas drinks that can cause driving impairment. Keep an eye out for these five alternative factors as your festive season gets going.
Fleet safety technology is advancing in new directions. Now, the emphasis is on avoiding incidents altogether - rather than minimising the effects of a collision on a driver or passengers. Existing and future tech is bringing a vision of zero collisions closer, and driving down fleet vehicle downtime.
At the end of 2015, a 3.5% rise in insurance premium tax will spell bad news for fleet managers. To combat the problem of rising insurance costs, more and more companies are turning to technology.
We all know the dangers of drink driving - and thankfully, statistics suggest that the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message has hit home. The number of drivers who drive after drinking at night has considerably shrunk. But the number of drivers getting stopped by police first thing in the morning, driving home after taking what they thought was the sensible option of staying over? That’s on the rise.
Are you battling to stay on top of paperwork, or struggling to keep tabs on your fleet? GPS tracking systems could be for you. Enabling almost total fleet management, modern GPS systems are more than just location devices. They can help you control running costs, driver behaviour and overall safety. Below, we’ve explored the biggest reasons to implement a GPS tracking system.
What is telematics?
Driver safety, and the safety of other road users and pedestrians, is the most important element of any journey. For fleet owners, whose drivers undertake long or multiple journeys in heavy road conditions, that importance is multiplied. Insurance claims and vehicle damage can be costly both in revenue and time terms. And personal injury at any level, whether to your drivers or members of the public, is every fleet manager’s worst nightmare.
Speedy resolution of insurance claims. Accurate establishment of fault. No more painful claim contests forcing your fleet to agree to equal liability. If this sounds like a pipe dream, think again. The rising use of dashboard cameras is transforming the effect of road traffic incidents (RTIs) on fleet operators. If you haven’t installed the technology yet, have a look at these five compelling reasons to take the plunge.
Planned preventive maintenance (PPM) significantly reduces the risk of breakdowns - but they do happen. It’s essential to be covered, just in case. In this article, we run through the main points to consider when looking at policies.
Every fleet business runs on its tyres. Long distance or short haul, improperly inflated and maintained tyres can have a significant effect on performance, fuel consumption and profit.
Downtime has an impact on revenue, reputation and fleet management costs. Yet it remains a relatively un-measured contributing factor to the annual costs of running a business.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have all cut their fuel prices recently, responding to a continuing drop in the price of oil. Prices had already been falling throughout July and August. On September 23rd, Tesco and Morrisons cut petrol prices in all of their filling stations by up to 2p per litre, the next day Sainsbury’s followed suit.
Salary sacrifice started life as a benefits incentive - a way to streamline tax effectiveness for employers and employees alike. It offers financing for company cars by giving the employee the option to sacrifice a monthly element of his/her salary in exchange for vehicle payments. These payments are subtracted before tax, and while they accrue Benefit-In-Kind tax demands (BIK) on the vehicle payments, the amount of BIK paid is normally less than the amount of NIC and income tax saved.
It’s simple to extract ad hoc or scheduled transaction reports from the fuelGenie account holder’s portal - but do you know how to make the most of your information?
Mobile apps that take control of mileage, expense claims and even accident reporting are helping fleets manage costs - from the first turn of the ignition key to a driver’s evening meal. Find out which apps are enabling fleet managers to use alternatives to telematics, satnav and traditional reporting methods below.
Alternative fuel is no longer the “exhaust pipe dream” it used to be. As the cost of running a fleet on regular diesel continues to hurt transport companies and vehicle owners, different ways of moving products and people from A to B have become serious considerations.
Service, maintenance and repair (SMR) can be the hardest part of your fleet’s budget to control. SMR is subject to more variables than most, many of them external and subjectively valued. For example, if your lease hire agreement includes a clause for added wear and tear costs, what constitutes that wear and tear?
Leasing or buying a vehicle is a big decision for a fleet owner. There are pros and cons to both routes, with business size and flexibility considerations competing for your attention on either side of the scale. We’ve taken a look at the factors that might affect your decision.
Avonline, a leading UK service provider, saves time and money on business fuel expenses thanks to the savings and online account management the fuelGenie Fuel Card provides. The company switched from Arval and Keyfuels to a single, centralised fuelGenie package to keep their 70-strong fleet driving efficiently on the roads, servicing their 2 million customers nationwide.
The Chancellor has announced one of the biggest reforms to motoring in recent years. Companies will face significant differences to their vehicle tax due to a radical shake up of the current Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), which will see only zero-emission cars exempt.
Fed up of juggling cards, fuel reports and wasteful paper trails? It’s time to make the switch to a more efficient way of running your vehicles. Here are the top five benefits of using a fuelGenie fuel card to pay for your petrol or diesel:
Using a fuel card is more than just a convenient way to buy diesel or petrol. Easy account management and access to the best fuel prices ensure you’re saving money for your business too. We look at the five top ways a fuel card can cut costs for your business.
Supermarket fuel card provider, fuelGenie operated by Worldline, has announced the expansion of its UK filling station network with the introduction of new supermarket partner, Sainsbury’s. From 26 May, fuelGenie customers will be able to use their business fuel card at 298 Sainsbury’s fuel stations nationwide.
If there isn’t much talk about “ecodriving” in your fleet offices, there should be. Ecodriving is about saving money and reducing the energy costs of vehicle use. Through common sense driving techniques, good pre-trip planning and proper maintenance, it’s easy to make a dent in your bottom line. And the best thing is that all these ideas are easy to put into practice.
The new paperless driving licence comes into effect on June 8. Are you ready for it? Fleet managers are being urged to make sure their drivers are prepared to drive abroad under the new regulations. We’ve collated the information below
William Blake called it “this green and pleasant land”. Shakespeare trumpeted the virtue of “this sceptered isle”. Saint George’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on the glorious English countryside, and in celebration we’ve put together a list of the five greatest scenic drives in the country. We’d love to hear what you think, tweet @fuelgenie with your favourite drives.
With petrol pump prices starting to show signs of rising with a 5.66% increase from 106ppl in January 2015 to 112ppl in April 2015*, fuel card provider fuelGenie is advising companies on the use of fuel cards to manage fuel costs all year round.
Every year the motoring industry comes up trumps with some of the best, headline grabbing April Fools’ pranks. And 2015 was no exception! We’ve put together a list of our favourites, including a very mini Volkswagen, a bite-sized BMW and a chrome-plated Mini Cooper!
Known for its stunning natural beauty and wealth of history, you could spend a lifetime exploring the roads of Ireland and still feel like you’d only seen the half of it. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to quaint fishing villages, you can take in a huge variety of sites while driving the Emerald Isle. And while Ireland has invested heavily in its motorways and A roads, it’s off the busiest thoroughfares where you’ll find some of the country’s most charming drives.
The development of telematics technology to cover an increasing range of functions is helping businesses better understand how they are operating and how they can drive down costs and boost efficiencies.
Take a few minutes to prepare you and your vehicle for the worst weather and you could save your business £200 a day.
The colder months are when more care needs to be taken on the roads as reduced visibility and hazardous road conditions increase the likelihood of a breakdown or accident. Over 180,000 car accidents* were caused in the UK last year due to driving in adverse weather conditions such as fog, snow and rain. Supermarket fuel card provider, fuelGenie, has compiled simple winter driving tips to keep drivers safe on the roads in adverse conditions.
As the New Year approaches, fuelGenie is advising companies looking at their year-end finances to consider using a fuel card to track vehicle expenses.
British weather is famous for being unpredictable - but it seems one thing we can guarantee is a spell of harsh weather during the winter. Check your company vehicles now, and throughout the coming months to ensure your drivers stay safe and your loads get through. We’ve compiled a list of top winter vehicle checks, inside and out, to help keep your business stay on the road.
Winter’s on the way: and unlike domestic drivers, who can choose not to use their vehicles when the snow and ice start causing havoc on the roads, your fleet has to keep going whatever the weather. Drive down maintenance costs, keep your fleet safe and stay on the roads by following our guide to winter driving safety.
Prepare for the winter and keep your feet mobile by sharing our winter maintenance tips with your drivers.
A recent survey* of UK small businesses has revealed that over 40% don’t shop around when it comes to buying fuel, and could potentially be spending hundreds of pounds extra per year.
Since 2011 Steve Gill has been a man on a mission to get disabled men and women into motorsports whether it be through spectating or participating. His latest project saw a team of 6 in a Saab 9-3 (provided by Specialist Vehicle Rental) armed with a fully loaded fuelGenie card courtesy of Tesco attempt to drive through 42 counties in just 24 hours.
Our friends at MG Motors have teamed up with fuelGenie to offer a pre-paid fuelGenie card on all new MG car purchases worth a staggering £2,400. If you want to take advantage of this superb offer then you better get your skates on as it ends on the 31st December 2012.
The 2012 Olympics are almost upon us and the excitement is already reaching fever pitch. At the same time there has been a rush of scare stories about the capital's ability to deal with the extra traffic and security measures, with the press gleefully predicting total road traffic chaos. But 70% of the capital's road journeys won't be affected in any way (1) and road works will be banned throughout the festivities, so the news isn't all bad!
Double British Touring Car Championship winner Jason Plato, who races in the spectacular all-new MG6 GT, has joined forces with fuelGenie's fuel card partner Tesco Petrol Filling Stations in an association that's set to take racing fans by storm. The champion's favourite sandwich filling, created especially for Tesco Petrol Filling Stations, is proving an equally big winner!
Are you a company car driver? If so, it's probably a good idea to check your HMRC tax code carefully. Why? The industry-leading publication Fleet News recently conducted a poll (1) in which a shocking 80% of drivers surveyed had been given an incorrect tax code in relation to their company vehicle.
The term White Van Man was coined by Sarah Kennedy during her Radio 2 show back in '97. And since then he's become a legend on our roads.
Following the opening of three Morrisons Supermarkets this now brings the fuelGenie network to over 1000 locations.