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Fuel Management & Policies

Local governments achieve more fuel savings by coordinating fuel access, centralizing tanks, grouping bulk discounts and sharing facilities. Government Fleet magazine recommends local governments evaluate fuel depot sites to determine whether the locations are cost-effective or just convenient for users. Fuel mark-ups should be reviewed to determine if they compensate for the costs of permitting, upgrading, repairing and testing the sites. Governments also should review the extent to which they earn bulk discounts to help determine whether the discounts offset the operating costs of the fuel site.


To help ensure that all fuel purchases maximize bulk purchasing discounts, entities should implement programs that coordinate and centralize fuel management. In addition, governments can reduce unnecessary duplication in the use and management of fuel tanks by reviewing usage and requiring the most cost-effective practices. Coordinating and communicating between departments can create opportunities that may lead to potential consolidation and increased efficiency.


Many governments have started using GPS trackers to help understand how vehicles are being used. This helps a central office understand if vehicles are being properly used, how long they are idling and minimize aggressive starts and stops. All of this helps improve the life of the vehicle and overall fuel management. 



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