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Group 1 looks for efficencies through new staff fuel programme

Group 1 Automotive UK will shortly complete the roll-out of TMC’s Fuel+ service across its 52 car dealerships.

Paul Daynes, group HR director, said the group expects to achieve a significant cost saving due to the accuracy and visibility Fuel+ brings over vehicle usage and mileage.

Previously, the AM100 group relied on a standalone fuel card, while employees recorded journeys in paper log books or spread sheets.

With Fuel+, each driver now has an account and records the mileage they do in each vehicle via TMC’s app or online system – whether it be test drives, deliveries or private mileage.

TMC audits each business journey and its reporting provides clear information to the management team. TMC can also offer an online ‘log book’ which provides a record of who was driving the car at any one time.

The Fuel+ card is accepted at over 98% of fuel stations. TMC can monitor where fuel is spent and encourages drivers to use low cost supermarkets, to minimise fuel costs.

Daynes said: “A dealership fleet is a complex operation, with a wide variety of vehicles and journey types, including company cars, demonstrators, test drives, deliveries and transfers.

“About 20 per cent of our operation have been using TMC’s service for a little over two years and when we were looking to pick best practice around the group, TMC best met our needs.

“Two features that stood out are the mobile app and the support TMC provides to our employees. The app is very attractive. It looks and feels modern and is right for our workforce.

“The support they provide through their help desk diverts a lot of questions that would otherwise go to our payroll department.

“The partnership and expertise they offer is fantastic, whether it be around definitions of business mileage, taxation issues or even tweaking their system for us to solve issues that are quite specific to a dealership business, such as how to handle reporting for test drives.”

Group 1 Automotive UK operates dealerships under trading brands Chandlers, Barons and Beadles.

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