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22 September 2011 for Government actionMany respondents feel the Government could do more to tackle fuel prices, such as investigating why prices are high or holding talks with other countries."Governments of all nations need to get together and talk around a table about long term fuel supplies and usage," one fleet manager says. Another comments: "We desperately need a level playing field with fuel prices in the UK, once again, the highest in Europe."Others believe the amount of tax on fuel is at the heart of the problem: "The Government is taking too large a slice." as harsh braking and accelerating expect to add 20% to the cost. Sometimes it is not operationally practical for companies to use vehicle tracking or telematics. A delegate at the Fleet News Van Summit said he was convinced about the benefits of telematics but the challenge was physically installing it as vehicles are spot hired and may only be used for a week owing to short-term business contracts.Speed limiters are only used by around a fifth of survey respondents despite claims that driving at 85 mph instead of 70 mph increases fuel consumption by 20-25%.Witterick has considered fitting speed limiters but as most journeys are in 30 or 40mph areas rather than motorways he does not believe it would be practical. Bonney is also not convinced that speed limiters are necessary. "People who work for us are socially conscious and we don't have a problem with speeding," he says. "We have parking and manoeuvring accidents rather than accidents where there is excessive speed."Clearly, techniques that work for some companies don't necessarily suit all but, as a general rule, fleet managers should look at three key areas to manage fuel costs - the vehicles, the drivers and the journeys - and ensure they are taking steps in each area.But instead of viewing it positively it is seen as interference."He would also like to install telematics for route planning and to get further information on how employees are driving but this is also consid­ered "a step too far". A survey of 277 drivers by ALD Automotive in June revealed that drivers may not be as opposed to telematics as companies believe. Almost 90% would approve of on-board technology that could help reduce their fuel bill while 73% approve of on-board technology that could help improve their driving style. However, when asked if they would be happy to have on-board technology that accurately identified the location of their vehicle numbers dip to 61%. ALD has been fitting telematics to its vehicles as standard since 2004, initially because it wanted accurate odometer readings. Customers who make full use of the telematics can expect fuel savings of 10-15%. Evolve Facility Services, which has 70 vehicles, has saved 10% on its annual fuel bill since it started using the ProFleet2 system last August. Transport manager Geoff Knowles says telematics was introduced because the company does a lot of reactive work and needs to find which employees are nearest. But the 10% saving has also been achieved by using the software's 'fleet league table', which shows which drivers are braking and accelerating harshly, idling for long periods of time, over-revving or speeding. Telematics can also show if vehicles are being used out of hours, helping companies to clamp down on private use of vehicles. Evolve is a joint venture company derived from two maintenance compa­nies - JC Construction and OP Building Maintenance Services (OPBMS). The fact that OPBMS already had telematics made it easier to introduce ProFleet2, according to Knowles. But he believes the fuel savings mitigate the cost of telematics. Peter Millichap, marketing manager at vehicle tracking company Navman Wireless, points out that improved productivity is a key part of return on investment. He believes companies will see a return in the first quarter of using vehicle tracking.Companies can opt for a pay-as-you-go approach with costs of less than £1 per vehicle per day for vehicle tracking alone. However, to get information from the engine management system such FUEL REPORTMost fuel-efficient diesel cars: Combined cycle mpg83.1 n Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Greenlinen Smart Fortwo CDI80.7 n Seat Ibiza 1.2 TDI Ecomotivn Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi Ecoflex 95n Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI Bluemotion78.5 n Citroen DS3 1.6 e-HDin Alfa Romeo Mito 1.3 JTDm76.3n Ford Fiesta Econeticn Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 88 Eco74.3 n Audi A3 1.6 TDi 3drn Peugeot 207 1.6 HDi Oxygon Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI Greenlinen Seat Leon 1.6 TDI Ecomotiven Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI Bluemotionn Volvo C30 1.6D DrivEn Volvo S40 1.6D DrivEn Volvo V50 1.6D DrivE September 2011 23Most fuel-efficient petrol cars: Combined cycle mpg64.2 n Toyota IQ 1.0n Honda Insightn Nissan Pixo 1.0n Suzuki Alto 1.074.3 n Toyota Auris Hybrid72.4 n Toyota Prius T370.6 n Fiat 500 TwinAir68.9 n Lexus CT200h67.3 n Kia Picanto 1.2 EcoDynamicsn Hyundai i10 Blue65.7 n Smart FortwoThe Fleet News website has a whole host of tools to help manage Cost CalculatorBy using the fuel cost calculator, you can work out how much you are spending on petrol or diesel to show the cost implications if you were to pay as little as one pence per gallon less.Car Tax CalculatorThe Fleet News car tax calculator enables you to calculate your company car tax online quickly and easily, as well as producing a breakdown of the employee's and the employer's costs.Running CostsNeed to know how much a car will cost to run over its lifecycle? With our car running cost calculator you can compare manufacturers and models as well as calculate your fleet's overall running costs.Compare Fuel PricesYour business could make substantial savings on fuel by finding a cheaper filling station to refuel your fleet cars or vans. Compare fuel prices in your area with Fleet News.Van Running CostsNeed to know how much a van will cost to run over its lifecycle? With the van running cost calculator you can compare models and manufacturers and calculate your current fleet's overall running costs.CO2 Emissions CalculatorHere at Fleet News we have a guide to CO2 emissions and a calculator to help businesses calculate their fleet emissions as well as a guide to eco driving.