Merridale comments on Freight Best Practice report on Fuel Efficiency Thursday 6 December 2007 PDF Print Road transport fuel management relies on three main elements – data, control and reconciliation. It’s like a tripod and if you are missing one of the legs, the process will fall over,” says Merridale’s Stephen Hannan. “Despite the high cost of fuel, British hauliers still have a long way to go in adopting best practice for measuring fuel efficiency,” says Stephen Hannan, sales and marketing director of MIS Fuel Monitoring, Wolverhampton. “Whilst you can sense that many fleet operators are starting to toy with the concept, very few are actually doing it properly. Measurement should be a fundamental business process based on high quality data, enabling total reconciliation of fuel usage.” Stephen Hannan’s comments follow up the publication of the latest impact assessment issued by the Department of Transport’s Freight Best Practice (FBP) Programme. According to the report just over half of the operators surveyed have taken measures to increase fuel efficiency, although it states, “half of these have taken just one action.” “That is not good enough,” says Stephen Hannan. “As well as their justifiable concern about fuel costs, the operators should be taking positive action to invest in the right sort of equipment to provide the best quality information for managing fuel efficiency.” “Amateur time is over. Measuring fuel efficiency needs a sound platform – it’s like a tripod supported by three legs – data, control and reconciliation. Take out any leg and it will fall over.” “To manage efficiently operators need data to provide better visibility and exception reporting, enabling them to look at things through different angles. There are various low cost packages on offer but in my opinion, those relying on fuel cards and third party data alone, are vulnerable to abuse.” “Depot fuelling and bulk storage is the definitive solution for the control of fuel management. The only true measure of the fuel usage is how much is put into each vehicle and the mileage driven between refills on a tank-to-tank basis.” “Current diesel dispensers fitted with monitoring units and a back-office reporting software system, capture all the data needed to measure fuel efficiency. Where fuel cards are required, details of these transactions can be imported electronically. This ensures a complete record of all fuelling, in one place and totally under the control of the fleet operator.” “With an in-house system data can be analysed, whenever necessary to produce a variety of consumption (mpg) and costing reports. And the information can be cut and shuffled to suit different operational set-ups, for single vehicles, groups of vehicles, third party accounts or for the entire fleet. Reports can also be produced to monitor individual drivers.” “The third element is the need to establish absolute reconciliation of fuel purchased to fuel used. This element is critical and often ignored. Manually dipping a tank, or reading an old mechanical gauge once or twice a year, although commonplace, is just not sufficient. There are also health and safety risks associated with people climbing up onto tanks. "To properly reconcile the fuel delivered with the fuel dispensed, the storage tanks should be fitted with fully integrated electronic gauging systems. Apart from being a key requirement for leak detection and the protection of the environment, this closes the loop on fuel usage by providing a continuous update on the tank contents." -ENDS- About MIS Fuel Monitoring Ltd. (Website: www.merridale.co.uk ) MIS Fuel Monitoring Ltd provides a total capability covering the design, manufacture, installation and support of the Merridale range of fuel management systems. Designed to control the usage of commercial diesel supplies, the Merridale range offers solutions for any size of fleet, from small operators to large fleets with multiple depots. Photos available on request. Contact details: Mike Ottewell MJO Associates for MIS Fuel Monitoring Ltd Tel: 01538 361217 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Stuart Cairns MIS Fuel Monitoring Ltd Tel:- 01902 870037 E-mail: email@example.com Fax:- 01902 871661 This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of MJO Associates in the following categories: Transport & Logistics, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.