If some of the vehicles in your fleet were recently filled with a premium fuel, which may not be mandated by the vehicle manufacturer and may be outside of your company's fuel policy, you will receive an exception report. The exception report outlines how many ULP (Unleaded Petrol) vehicles were filled with PULP (Premium Unleaded Petrol), how many litres of PULP have been purchased and how much extra this cost you.
Premium fuels are typically more expensive than standard fuels and may not deliver any benefit to your organisation. Premium unleaded fuels carry a higher RON (Research Octane Number) rating. Put simply, RON determines petrol's 'anti-knock' quality or resistance to pre-ignition; or if you want to put in another way, the Octane Number denotes its resistance to detonation. Unlike premium unleaded petrol, premium diesel has no performance advantages. However, it's claimed to do a better job of cleaning your car's engine, which over time could lead to better performance and economy.
Whilst certain engines perform better using premium fuels and can provide better fuel economy in certain conditions, standard fuels are generally considered acceptable in most generic fleet applications. By eliminating unnecessary use of premium fuels within your fleet may provide an opportunity for you to reduce your fleet operating costs.
Some possible reasons why your vehicle was filled with a premium fuel could be
The driver may not be aware that the vehicle does not require premium fuel
Premium fuel may have been the only fuel available at the particular service station at that time.
Actions to take
If you believe the recommended fuel type for any of the vehicles should be premium, or would like to restrict premium fuels being purchased, please contact the Fleetcare Client Services team on 1300 655 170.
We recommend that you contact the driver to discuss your company fuel policy with regards to the use of premium fuels.
Read this article about how to get the most out of your fuel cards.