Fuel savings have been high profile for Fleet Managers since fuel prices went through the roof internationally in the early 1980’s and remained that way.
Fuel savings have been high profile for Fleet Managers since fuel prices went through the roof internationally in the early 1980’s and has remained that way. Since then the push and pull between crude petroleum availability, (production ability or cartels) and government taxes has created an erratic price history to the current day. I’m 1978 the underlying price was about US$12 a barrel for crude oil, in 1980 US$35, 1995 down to US$15, 2000 back to US$30 and today it’s just about the same. Taxes then provided the delightful overlay across the same period to make Fleet Management costs more difficult to project with now twice yearly reviews (introduced mid-2015) by the ATO on fuel excise levels which are currently running at 38 cents a litre and keeping costs high. Any Fleet Manager reading this will know that and more as well. What has changed in the past 35 years and specifically the last 10 is the ability to impact that equation. Even more so that the ability to access the technology to do it is more accessible than ever before in the last 2 or 3 years for even the samllest fleet.
So the need to minimise cost is still an imperative for the Fleet Manager. The recent article in “Automotive Fleet” highlights the duel pillars of effective use of each vehicle and also efficient and safe driver behaviour.