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Manage your fleet expenditure effectively

CFC Solutions has claimed that many businesses are not proactively managing their costs when it comes to fuel consumption. As prices are almost hitting 130p a litre, despite recent news of unleaded petrol and diesel prices falling 2p, the fleet management software company has said that small changes to the way fleets manage their costs, can make a significant impact.

Managing director of CFC Solutions, Neville Briggs commented: “There remains a widespread assumption that rising fuel costs of the kind seen in recent weeks just have to be swallowed, but we regularly come across fleets that do not use the most fundamental controls.

“Fleets that do not have a fuel card and a basic fuel strategy can make real savings in a very short period of time, minimising the effect of ongoing price rises.

“If fleets are going to think about tackling any costs against the backdrop of an economy that remains very tough, they should think about fuel.”

The director continued to express his belief that a fuel card can be extremely advantageous for fleets who wish to manage their fuel costs a lot closer. A fuel card, according to Mr Briggs provides the user with an insight into exactly where the money is being spent and can virtually guarantee the avoidance of fraud.

Briggs continued: “With a fuel card, you can steer drivers towards supermarkets or other low cost fuel outlets. Within a local area, costs can easily vary by 3-4 pence per litre, so it is worth making sure you are using the cheapest options.”

He also explained the importance of analysing fuel consumption via the use of the data generated by the fuel card provider. Adding: “The difference in fuel consumption between drivers with a gentle right foot and someone who permanently wears heavy boots can be as much as 15-20%. You need to be identifying drivers who are costing you money and target them.

“Fuel is perhaps the only area of fleet management where, if you are not doing the right things, you can turn the situation around in a matter of weeks and make a real impact on expenditure almost immediately.”


500 new jobs plan to be created by Aker Solutions, Scotland

Aker Solutions, an oil and gas firm have recently announced plans to create 500 new jobs for the north-east area of Scotland. This is an addition to the 350 positions the company has created since August 2011.

This is excellent news for Scotland as employed in the public sector in Scotland has reported decreased by 3.9% (in the fourth quarter of 2011) to 23,800 since Q4 2010. These statistics have been released by Scottish Government and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in March 2012.

Already Aker Solutions employs 2,700 people at their Dyce and Portlethen bases and have approximately 23,500 other employees situated across more than 30 countries.

The additional 500 positions were announced when First Minister Alex Salmon talked at the international oil service’s Oslo headquarters.

Mr Salmond said: "Aker Solutions is one of Norway's flagship companies, with extensive global operations and already a huge presence in Scotland. I am delighted that they now plan further investment and job creation in the city, delivering a great boost for the north-east and wider Scottish economy.”

Leif Borge, Aker Solutions' president and chief financial officer, added: "Aker Solutions has a proud heritage in Aberdeen and we are looking forward to tapping further into the excellent oil and gas competence base here. We are experiencing activity growth in both the UK North Sea and international markets.

“Our objective is to provide an even better level of support to our customers, which will enable us to win more work and capitalise on the expected market growth. Hence we are investing in our operation in Scotland."


OFTEC announces Bio-heating pilot at annual conference

Talking at OFTEC’s annual meeting and conference, Barry Gregory, the organisation’s Chairman announced plans to introduce bio-liquids and renewable technologies to an estimated 300 households in rural areas.

During his presentation, that also celebrated the organisation’s 21st birthday, he acknowledged the many challenges OFTEC face including the challenging trading conditions of late and the European Commission’s belief that electricity is the future of home heating. OFTEC are planning a counter argument, which will see them campaigning against the use of electricity and illustrate the importance and benefits of oil-fired systems and bio-liquids to UK and European governments.

Sabine Heyman, Director of Eurofuel was also in attendance and gave a speech concerning the complexities the organisation faces of lobbying and decision making at European level. OFTEC have claimed that since striking up a working relationship with Eurofuel they have won several victories for the UK heating industry.

Colin Sutherland, founder of OFTEC, was there to give a talk on the history of OFTEC and outlined the successes and achievements for oil heating and cooking in the UK and Republic of Ireland.


George Osborne disappoints the fuel industry over rise of fuel prices

When the budget was released by Chancellor George Osborne it still remained a challenging task to source any industry that was happy with what was been put in place, especially the fuel industry. It has been reported that George Osborne will be going ahead with plans to increase diesel fuel duty to 3.01p/litre.

RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning commented on the Budget proposal saying: “The Chancellor’s decision to go ahead with this rise is not only disappointing, the reason behind it is hard to understand.

“In the last Budget, the Chancellor seemingly understood the need to stop driving up fuel taxes and he actually cut duty. This time he seems to have done a complete U-turn. We are struggling to achieve any growth and pump prices have reached record highs – yet he is driving fuel costs even higher.

“Diesel fuel is now the most expensive it has ever been – the RHA’s weekly fuel price survey last week hit an all-time record high – and yet the Chancellor will be driving costs up by another £1,200 a year for a large trucks – costs that hauliers must now set about trying to recover from their hard-pressed customers.

“But it is not just the haulage industry that can’t afford this increase; neither can the industry’s customers, nor the UK economy. We have shown the Chancellor how he can use a fuel duty cut to stimulate growth at no cost to the Treasury. We are extremely disappointed that he has chosen to ignore this research and has taken the opposite path.

“Mr Osborne has taken a wrong turning and is driving us in the wrong direction on fuel duty. His decision will cost jobs, especially in the more remote parts of the UK.”

There is no question as to why Mr Dunning is disappointed in the decision made by the Chancellor and as a response to his ‘poor’ decision making there is a potential strike that could see a repeated occurrence of endless queues at petrol stations as customers once again become panic stricken.

However, it is not only Mr Dunning who has expressed his anger towards the new policy; Freight Transport Association’s chief economist Simon Chapman has accused the Chancellor of having “squandered a very real opportunity to support UK industry, jobs and economic recovery, by his Budget policy on fuel duty.

“Mr Osborne has lost an opportunity to benefit every household in the UK and he must be persuaded to change his policy. FTA cannot accept this situation and will join with colleagues in the FairFuelUK Campaign with the intention of reversing his decision.

“In addition, the much heralded Fair Fuel Stabiliser has emerged as a damp squib. All it does is to formulise fuel duty increase above inflation if world oil prices fall below $75 per barrel. At the very least, what he should have done was to commit to freezing fuel duty when world oil prices were above $100 per barrel.”

FairFuelUK is actively supported by RAC, FTA, RHA and The Fuelcard Company and is one of many organisations that have called for the policy to be scrapped. They are urging UK residents, haulage businesses, self employed drivers and businesses to sign their petition in hop that the Chancellor will reverse his decision. Quentin Wilson, national spokesperson for FairFuelUK commented: “The government has turned its back on families and businesses all across the country. Three quarters of the electorate who want lower fuel prices. It ignores the threat of rising global oil prices – even the Saudis are trying to pull down the price of crude...This is a mortal wound for this government’s policies and its credibility.”

The campaign group has also slammed Mr Osborne for ignoring the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) report, with the first statement featured on their website saying: “The Chancellor ignored the highly respected Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) report that has shown that even a modest cut in fuel duty of 2.5 pence per litre would create a staggering 175,000 new jobs and would on its own, boost GDP by 0.33 percent.”

Mr Osborne had also announced that vehicle excise duty (VED) – road tax – will rise in line with inflation. However, this will be frozen for lorry operators and the government are considering plans to allow drivers to spread the cost of buying their tax disc over several months paying by direct debit.



The latest figures for fuel safety is released

A new Downstream Incident Data Report (DIDR) commissioned by the Gas Safety Trust has been released in which it sets out to analyse accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents in Great Britain associated with the use of mains natural gas and piped LPG in the households. The report aims to increase safety, target investment on carbon monoxide incident prevention and to identify additional research work and has identified oil as the safest form of oil suitable for domestic use.

Gas Safety Trust Board Chair, Chris Bielby said: “The Gas Safety Trust is pleased to fund this report. We strongly believe that the information and data contained within it to be crucial to the further reduction in fatalities or serious injuries from accidental carbon monoxide exposure in the home environment.”

The DIDR reviewed CO poisoning incidents in Great Britain between 1st July 2010 and 30th June 2011, in which it was discovered that there were no reported fatalities caused by CO in homes using oil and just three non-fatal incidents, the lowest of all the fuel types.

The data on oil-related CO incidents, supplied by OFTEC shows that oil-fired systems are less likely to release dangerous carbon monoxide (solid fuel had the highest number of reported CO poisoning incidents) than natural gas making oil the safest choice.

Jeremy Hawksley, Director General of OFTEC, said: “Every carbon monoxide poisoning fatality is a tragedy, so it’s reassuring for oil customers to know that they’re using the safest fuel for their heating and cooking needs. Oil-fired systems are less likely to release dangerous carbon monoxide than natural gas, LPG or solid fuels, and regular servicing by an OFTEC registered technician will help minimise still further the remote risk of an incident occurring.

“While oil is a very safe fuel, it would be wrong to be complacent. We always urge homeowners to take sensible precautions and are very pleased to contribute to this report, which is part of our work to raise awareness of the risks posed by carbon monoxide.” 

The full DIDR Report is available to view online here.