If you work in, or are considering entering, an industry that uses transport, then it’s really important that you understand the role and mechanisms of fuel management, and how it can help your business.
Fuel management systems are employed to maintain, control and monitor fuel consumption and stock in industries that rely on it to function, such as rail transport, trucking, shipping and couriering. Increasingly, there is also an emphasis on reducing wastage in line with government targets and public expectations.
Fuel management systems were developed to respond to this need, and they are frequently adopted by the transportation and construction industries to not only measure, but also manage, fuel usage. Almost any enterprise that utilises vehicles, whether these are cars, trucks, aeroplanes or trains, will have such a system in place. The exact mechanisms of this will be dependent on the individual business and its needs and aims, both monetarily and environmentally.
Types of Fuel Management System
Various types of fuel management system exist, to respond to the individual needs of different industries and businesses. These systems cover a number of different types of technologies, performing functions from the monitoring and tracking of fuel inventories, to the amount of fuel purchased or dispensed.
Online Fuel Management
Like almost everything in the modern world, fuel management systems are becoming increasingly technological. Online systems can perform a variety of functions, including tracking fuel inventories, purchases and dispensations, and keeping a tally of how much is being used and spent. This information is relayed and stored in specially developed computerised systems, which will often generate reports to develop and guide management practices, cutting business costs and CO2 emissions.
Card-based Fuel Management Systems
Card-based fuel management systems function through the use of fuelling credit cards, and are prevalent in the trucking and couriering industries. Each card is awarded to a specific driver, whose fuel consumption can be monitored and tracked. This helps to identify not only company-wide areas for improvement, but also those drivers who would benefit from a course in how to reduce fuel wastage. This helps to prevent an unnecessary use of resources when problems are not present throughout the fleet.
On-Site Fuel Management Services
On-site fuel management systems often use fleet refuelling services or have bulk fuel tanks on-site. The consumption of fuel through the latter can be measured and tracked as it’s pumped into vehicles, through the use of devices such as tank content level gauges. These can be easily purchased from companies like Commercial Fuel Solutions, and allow on-site levels to be assessed and managed.
Total Fuel Management Systems
Total fuel management systems are services provided by an outside company. They often work on the basis of a card-based system, but also provide on-site fuel delivery or refuelling. Where refuelling occurs, this will usually be done by a mobile fuelling service, which will visit and fill up vehicles overnight. This not only saves on storage space, but also prevents unnecessary fuelling stops during the day that disrupt business, extend travel time, and add extra miles spent searching for a petrol station to the journey.
Which fuel management system would be best for your business?