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How do fuel cards work?

If you are looking for an easy way to gain more control over your driving costs, investing in a fuel card could be a great option. Whether you are an individual who wants to keep a close eye on your driving stats and costs or a business owner who needs to manage of fleet of company vehicles, there is a fuel card option for you.

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What is a fuel card?

A fuel card is an alternative method of paying for fuel for your vehicle. It is useful for both drivers who want to keep an eye on their personal budgets and company managers who need to keep a watchful eye on their business costs.

Make doing business easy

Fuel cards mean vehicle management doesn’t have to be a headache for business owners. All fuel card invoices are HMRC approved. Having all your drivers’ fuel expenses in the same format also reduces the number of variables you are working with, meaning there is less room for accounting mistakes. If you are looking for more information about how UK businesses can make use of fuel cards, the gov.uk website has further information.

Save money

Whatever your motivation for investing in a fuel card, there is sure to be an option that is right for you. One popular option is BP fuel cards, which enable you to buy your fuel at any of BP’s nationwide network of petrol stations. There is a range of different card types, including the BP Bunker fuel card (ideal for HGV fleets, offering up to 10p off per litre at motorway service stations) and the BP Plus fuel card (ideal for LCV and cars). If you are curious about other options, the BP website will provide you with further information).

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Choose fuel cards for specific fuel companies

An especially useful item for business owners is the ability to issue fuel cards affiliated with specific oil companies. Fuel cards tied to specific fuel companies, such as BP fuel cards, are particularly handy for those who drive a lot for business purposes or are managing large fleets of company-owned vehicles. These fuel cards give you access to a nationwide network of quality fuels across 1,225 sites.

Pay on the go

If you are driving long distances on a tight schedule, the last thing you will want to do is waste time waiting in line to pay for the fuel you need. Fuel cards offer a fantastic way to beat the long petrol station queues, with some companies offering in-app purchases for their fuel cardholders. BP’s BPme payment app enables cardholders to pay for their fuel online – all you need to do is enter your pump number, registration number and mileage, fill up with fuel and be on your way. There will be no more waiting around in long queues!

Whether you are a business owner or an individual driver, fuel cards could save you paperwork, money and time.

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