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Pick a fuel card — but which one to choose?

MAKING the decision to implement a fuel card system is the first of many steps for fleet managers wanting to control fuel expenditure.

Choosing a provider and getting a system up and running is the next part and the UK has an array of fuel card providers each offering individual benefits, payment systems and usable outlets.

Here we takes a look at some of the providers offering a fuel card service for fleets.


THE AllStar fuel card from Arval PHH can be used at more than 12,000 UK petrol stations totalling 95% of the UK’s petrol network. Fleets are issued with a single monthly invoice detailing fuel expenditure with fuel pricing information available online. An interactive secure online management system enables fleets to order new fuel cards, change vehicles, view driver and cost centre details, analyse data and receive reports. Reports can be used to track fuel prices, analyse fuel consumption and identify excessive consumption.


ESTABLISHED in 1992, BP Fuel Cards UK targets a pan-European audience, offering a range of services designed to reduce fleet costs and improve fuel management. The BP Plus card is available at more than 2,000 UK outlets and is backed by an internet-based management system – BP Account Manager. Fleets are able to analyse data. Fuel consumption, department cost allocation and exceptions such as fraud prevention can be completed online.


CH JONES’ microchip smart card can be tailored to fleet needs. Users are able to print more than 40 different reports from the system including reports about fuel transactions, MPG analysis for each vehicle, home depot fuel usage and a range of different summary reports. CH Jones also offers an online directory, journey planning, email invoices and online account services. Fleets are able to specify when and where fuel can be purchased and they can set maximum fuel limits for drivers.


JETCARD is accepted at almost 900 UK outlets for fuel, car washes and retail goods depending on the parameters set. Users are also able to receive 35% off the AA and selected tyre and battery retailers. By signing up for the e-billing service fleets are able to receive monthly invoices by email. Information can be viewed or downloaded from the online site – webfuels. Transactions can be stored for up to two years and include information such as driver details, card usage and smartcard restrictions.


ESSO’S European fuel card, Card Europe, is accepted at more than 17,500 stations across 24 European countries. Like most fuel cards, it has been designed to control fleet motoring costs and ease the administrative burden. Fleets can access online driver reports, summary statements, fleet statistics, transaction reports and invoice summaries. Chart based reports also enable fleets to see the proportion of various fuels consumed, fuel consumption across the fleet, and the proportion of cards held versus cards used.


OVERDRIVE, provided by Arval PHH, gives manufacturers, dealers, banks and finance companies the opportunity to use their own design and branding on company fuel cards, but with the service managed by Overdrive. A company fuel card can be produced encompassing the Overdrive logo and enabling users to benefit from fuel usage reports, servicing, fast-fit and short-term hire provided by Overdrive. It can be used at 12,500 UK stations.


VALID at more than 300 Q8 filling stations and the driver’s allocated ‘home’ station, the Q8 Liquidcard can also be used to gain discounts on vehicle washing, lubricants and additional savings for high volume users. The card is re-paid on a monthly direct debit basis, with 50 days interest-free credit and email reports available. E-reports can be emailed to fleet managers on a monthly basis.


EUROSHELL is accepted at more than 10,000 filling stations across 35 European countries. It can be used in both UK Shell and Esso garages and replaces the Shell Gold card. An online function allows fleet managers to view transactions, create reports and analyse fleet running costs. Fleets are also able to choose to receive transaction reports, summary reports, download euroShell Card purchase information or upload fleet purchases not made with the euroShell Card. Reports can also be emailed to an account holder.


THE Total card is accepted at 900 Total branded stations but is also accepted at BP and Shell forecourts. The card offers users internet-based billing and allows fleets to order, amend and cancel fuel cards through its website. It can be used across the Total, Fina and Elf networks. Fuel costs can be monitored and reports created according to cost centres or card users, with errors in mileage or registered fuel automatically highlighted by the system.

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