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Mitigating Fleet Risk: How to Set Fuel Card Limits

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Setting fuel card limits can increase business productivity and help mitigate fleet risk. The automotive fleet industry benefits from implementing company regulations on driver purchases. Below are steps to choosing and setting up fuel card limits to best fit a company’s needs.

Determine How to Assign the Fuel Cards

A company can either assign the fleet card to an individual driver or to a vehicle. If employees drive different vehicles each day or a company has high turnover rates, it might be best to assign fuel cards to a vehicle. To do this effectively, the company should assign each employee a unique pin number usable on every company card. This identifies what driver fueled the vehicle registered to the card.

If an employee drives the same vehicle daily, it is best to assign the fuel card to the driver. Assigning the fuel card to a driver allows management to easily monitor spending habits of employees.

Setting Up Fuel Card Controls

Making sure a fuel card has limits set in place keeps drivers from making unnecessary purchases and expenditures. A company can enforce limits to restrict suspicious activity but still allow drivers to travel efficiently.

First, ensure the fuel card is only able to purchase fuel. This keeps employees from purchasing convenience store items with company money. 

Other basic fueling controls include gallon or dollar limits per transaction, time of day or day of week, limits number of transactions per day and fuel type. Controls should reflect the needs of a company, giving management to impose stricter or relaxed limits based on employee spending habits.

It is important to note the controls are tied to the driver, regardless of if the card is attached to the driver or vehicle. Management is responsible for enrolling all drivers in the program with correct controls to mitigate risk.  

Get Access to Purchase Information

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Purchase alerts allow a company to stay updated with a driver’s spending. These alerts send notifications if a driver attempts to make an unauthorized purchase. For example, if a driver tries to purchase more gallons than assigned, Impac’s customer service team notifies management with text and email alerts.

Being able to monitor all purchases online is also crucial. This allows a company to check spending in real time, taking action to increase productivity and cut unnecessary costs. 

The Bottom Line

Fuels cards are an easy and effective way to mitigate risks associated with money. At Impac, our comprehensive fuel card program offers customizable limits for fleet companies and notifies managers of unauthorized behavior. Impac’s customer service team helps determine ideal limits of individual companies and customizes restrictions based on need. 

In the next article of our series, “How to Run an Efficient Customer Service Department”, you can discover how to implement strategies within the customer service department to increase efficiency. 

Mitigating Fleet Risk: Why Set Fuel Card Limits? - Impac

Mitigating Fleet Risk: Why Set Fuel Card Limits?

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According to data recorded by Automotive Fleet, unauthorized purchasing is the third most challenging issue faced within the fleet industry, after maintenance and raw fuel costs.

In strong efforts to minimize unauthorized personal and fuel spend, many fleet card companies offer purchase controls, or limits, that allow fleet managers to restrict location, time of day and other specifications for card use.

Some cards can restrict the fuel or product type that cards can purchase. Product type limits have the ability to prevent unauthorized behavior, as well as to prevent drivers from inadvertently filling the tank with the wrong type of fuel–reducing the risk of maintenance issues down the road.

Consequently, 71 percent of fleets allow personal use of both vehicles and fuel cards at all times.

Although limits are optional features on fuel cards, fleet managers are advised to implement them. Limits become necessary tools to run a successful fleet business, as unauthorized spend is a recurring issue throughout the industry.

95 percent of fleet managers believe their drivers are involved in suspicious activity, while only 18 percent are reported or caught. Therefore, unauthorized personal and fuel spending are underreported in the industry but persist to continue, causing an average loss of $130 a month per company.

However, fleet managers who have set limits on their fuel cards claim it has helped reduce overall fuel spend by as low as 5 percent, providing significant end-of-year savings.

It is important to keep in mind that setting the strictest limits can have an adverse effect on reducing company fuel card abuse. While they might be helpful in stopping personal spending, overly strict limits can deter drivers and slow business production down.

In these cases, relaxed limits are still acceptable, as email alerts can be set to help alert and detect suspicious behavior.

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When it comes to setting limits on fuel cards and the benefits they may coherently present, Impac offers a customer service experience that is aimed to educate and inform.

At Impac, our fleet card program offers the most comprehensive tracking and reporting system in the industry today. Our flexible point of sale prompting, card level exception reporting and purchase control parameters allow fleet managers to manage their fuel programs with ease, within an industry that silently demands enhanced security.

As fleets in the industry require varying demands, based on sector, size and other factors, managers must recognize which limits are right for their business. In the next article of our series, “What Fuel Card Limits Are Available?”, you can learn what fuel cards limits and controls are available for implementation to help mitigate fleet risk.