Fleet services provider Motiva Group has added fuel management to its offering after forming a strategic partnership with Juice Fuel Management.
Motiva services already include fleet management, contract hire, short-term hire, daily rental and vehicle tracking. Now fuel management is available after the firm joined forces with Juice Fuel Management.
Peter Davenport, chief executive of Motiva Group, said: "The planned fuel duty increase has been postponed, which I think the whole industry welcomes. But costs are still extremely high, and prices are volatile.
"Fuel is usually the second-highest cost in running a fleet after depreciation, and the economic climate means managers in both the public and private sectors are being put under more and more pressure to cut costs.
"Fuel management was really the last piece of the Motiva jigsaw."
Motiva customers will be able to access key services such as current arrangement reviews, fuelcards, bulk fuel supply and hedging.
Some of the cards feature commercial pricing that is fixed weekly, and they can be linked to in-depth, web-based mileage capture software – information that reduces the internal and HMRC reporting burden and cuts costs by accurately auditing private mileage.
The weekly price is linked to Platts – an industry-accepted spot price taking into account variables including crude prices and exchange rates.
Motiva believes demand will be driven by businesses wanting to save money and reward employees with cheaper private mileage fuel.
Davenport added: "Commercial pricing saves between three and eight pence a litre, which is obviously pretty significant.
"In addition, there is evidence that companies pay on average about 25% more than they need to in fuel and mileage expenses, so mileage capture is a powerful tool to bring down costs.
"If this is combined with our Motrak vehicle tracking equipment, there are additional gains in terms of savings, driver behaviour, insurance premiums and duty of care.
"Mileage capture data and Motrak also allow customers to quantify how they are reducing emissions – information that can be added to the marketing mix and used to win tenders."