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Fleet Managers – How do you prepare for fuel shortages and high fuel prices?

Fleet Managers – How do you prepare for fuel shortages and high fuel prices?
30th January 2012 Run Your Fleet Blog

Do you have a fuel shortage plan in place?

The recent news regarding the Coryton Fuel Refinery going into administration has shone the spotlight on how fleets should prepare for possible fuel shortages.

Richard Howitt, East of England MEP, said: “I don’t want to be alarmist about this, but I don’t want to be dishonest either. Supplies across London and the South-east could be affected and I have been told this could impact the Olympics.”

What is in your fuel shortage plan? Does it include the following?

  • Cancellation of non-essential deliveries.
  • Customer visits cut back or cancelled.
  • More visits booked in on a single round trip which may mean employees spend nights away from home.
  • Car shares.
  • Public transport.
  • Relying more on Fleet Management Software to plot and plan journeys.
  • Using more Hybrid Vehicles in your company vehicle fleet

With adoption of Electric Vehicles and the easy access to charging points being a long-term issue for company fleets, Fleet Managers are examining all areas of fuel efficiency.  Talks of fuel shortages and higher prices aren’t going to go away.

“By the end of the month, diesel will have hit a record high while petrol will be pushing up towards record levels as suppliers scrabble to bring in supplies from Europe,” said Brian Madderson, chairman of RMI Petrol, which represents two-thirds of Britain’s forecourts.

How are fuel shortages and higher prices affecting your fleet management decisions?

 

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