If you are a business currently using or considering a commercial fuel management solution incumbent on retail fuelling locations, then be aware of the potential hazards. In these environments, your fuel purchasing program is compromised by the following factors:
Inability to restrict product grades at the fuel dispensers
Drivers are able to purchase mid or premium, which can increase your per litre cost by as much as $.05 alone! Detection is only after the fact and at time of billing.
Transactions involve convenience store clerks who disregard your fuel purchasing policies
Store owners and clerks care more about making money than enforcing your fuel purchasing policies. They have NO risk, and often facilitate abuse for their own personal gain.
Ability for clerks to add non-fuel items to the transaction
Convenience stores are laden with temptation for drivers who abuse your fuel purchasing protocols by adding food, drinks clothing and even cigarettes to your fuel bill.
Ability for clerks to disguise non-fuel items as fuel
One of the most common abuses of a fuel management program is when clerks convert non-fuel items into fuel. The only possible detection is through a detailed kilometre per litre analysis. Costs time and money internally.
Increased labour expense and lost productivity due to congested facility and waiting in line to pay
Retail outlets can often add between 10 to 20 minutes to the fuelling process over a Transit Petroleum commercial fuelling facility.
Insufficient information reporting necessary to detect abuse
Many retail fuelling operations fail to report time, date, litres, product grade and price per litre and odometer reading all which is critical to effectively managing a fleet.