Fleet drivers with a WEX Inc. fuel card will now be able to use their mobile device to pay for fuel at Shell stations, the company has announced.

WEX’s DriverDash mobile payments app is enabling the transactions at about 13,000 Shell stations. WEX struck a similar deal in June 2018 that enabled mobile payments at 11,000 Exxon and Mobil stations.

Mobile payments are more secure than card payments, and they ensure faster payment processing, according to WEX. Fleet managers can also use the technology to better control expenses.

“This evolution in fuel cards will provide fleet customers with a faster, more secure, more intuitive payment experience at Shell branded stations,” said Peggy Watson, senior vice president of product and marketing for WEX.

Drivers who use the WEX app can also accrue points through the Fuel Rewards Pro loyalty program.

WEX, which is based in Portland, Maine, acquired Shell’s commercial card portfolio in 2018.

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Today’s vehicles are computers on wheels, and the data they generate is heralding a new era of fleet efficiencies. But forming best practices for controlling, sharing, and monetizing this data — the right way — will take time and necessitates a collaborative effort among stakeholders.

At the 2019 Fleet Forward Conference, a panel discussion titled, “Data Privacy and Controls: Practical Considerations for Fleets, FMCs, and OEMs” takes the data conversation the next step for fleets.

The seminar will focus on data usage governance and how data will be accessed, obtaining driver consents to use their data, providing OEMs with VIN-specific opt-ins, understanding the OEM’s commitments to data privacy, and more.

The panelists are Arun Rajagopalan, founder and CEO of Motorq; Greg Buckland, CIO, LeasePlan USA; and Mark McClung, connected strategy and business development, Toyota Motor North America. Roger Lanctot, director, automotive connective mobility at Strategy Analytics, will moderate the seminar.

“There have been many theoretical discussions on how stakeholders should access and control data from vehicles,” says Chris Brown, executive editor at Bobit Business Media and conference chair. “This seminar takes the conversation the next step into the real-world scenarios all fleets will face.”

This seminar will convene on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 9:30am. The 2019 Fleet Forward Conference will be held Nov. 11-13 at The Forager in San Jose.

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The national average gasoline price fell 2 cents to $2.71 per gallon, as demand saw a “small dip” during the week ending Aug. 5, according to AAA.

The average price is now 4 cents lower than a month ago and 15 cents cheaper than a year ago. Overall summer demand remains robust, said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

“While gas prices continue to drop, the rate at which they are decreasing has slowed,” Casselano said. “On the week, most states saw cheaper pump prices of only a few pennies and motorists can expect this trend to continue into early August.”

Motorists can find gasoline for $2.75 or less at 65% of the stations across the country.

States with the largest monthly decreases include Florida (17 cents), Alaska. (17 cents), Michigan (14 cents), Illinois (13 cents), Delaware (12 cents), California (10 cents), Kentucky (9 cents), Arizona (9 cents), Colorado (9 cents), and Idaho (9 cents).

States with the least expensive markets include Louisiana ($2.33), Mississippi ($2.33), Alabama ($2.35), Arkansas ($2.37), South Carolina ($2.37), Oklahoma ($2.41), Tennessee ($2.43), Texas ($2.44), Missouri ($2.45), and Kansas ($2.46).

Meanwhile, the average price for a gallon of diesel fell two-tenths of a cent to $3.032, which is 19.1 cents lower than a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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When the new pickups came in, Tom Collom found they were being drop-shipped to dealers that were 60 to 80 miles away from the office and his drivers. The agreement with a new dealer group saved the company $100 on PDI (pre-delivery inspection) fees for each truck, he was told by senior management.

Collom, a shop supervisor in West Texas for a major oil and gas producer, pointed out that the company was losing double that by having to pay drivers for an extra half day of travel just to get the trucks. The senior manager’s response? “His exact words to me were, ‘I’m showing on paper that I’m saving money,’” Collom says.

In recent years, Collom has seen a shift in the positions at his company that oversee fleet. And the way he sees it, this new blood hasn’t driven a net savings of time or money for the vehicles he manages.

“We’ve got a bunch people now that are trying to run (fleet) like bank managers and accountants,” he says. “What takes years to get the efficiency and productivity incorporated into your shop and your fleet can be totally destroyed by people who haven’t actually worked on vehicles.”

Collom used to have a good working relationship with management when it came to fleet, he says. They may not have been mechanics, but they knew enough about what was happening on the ground and under the hood to talk the same language. That’s not so true anymore.

Marc Canton, a consultant for Mercury Associates, agrees. He’s seen instances in which fleet managers with no automotive background were taken to the cleaners by repair service providers and even their own techs.

Canton recalls an instance in which a single repair was paid for three times with different invoice numbers and slightly different terminology. Other times a fleet manager didn’t have the wherewithal to sniff out an unneeded upsell or challenge a repair cost or delay. (One was told that the parts for an airbrake on an F-150 take a long time to come in.)

Read the rest of this article by Fleet Forward here.

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The number of crashes at two-lane roundabouts decreased on average 9% per year of their existence in the roadway, according to a new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In another finding, the odds that a collision at a two-lane roundabout involved an evident or incapacitating injury decreased by nearly one-third annually.

Failing to yield the right-of-way is a common problem at roundabouts in general. However, the study showed that the odds that a crash at a two-lane roundabout involved that type of error dropped 11% annually.

These latest findings indicate that as drivers get familiar with two-lane roundabouts, safety tends to increase.

Conducted in Washington state, which features more than 300 roundabouts, the study involved 98 single-lane and 29 two-lane roundabouts built between 2009 and 2015.

For each roundabout, IIHS looked at crashes beginning with the first full calendar year after completion and ending with 2016. Clearly, older roundabouts had more years of data. To account for the effects of the economy and traffic volumes on crashes, the analysis included the unemployment rate and annual vehicle miles traveled in the area where each roundabout was located.

The longest period analyzed for any of the roundabouts was seven years.

While the safety findings for two-lane roundabouts, which are often considered challenging to navigate, were encouraging. The single-lane roundabout findings were less significant.

The number of crashes increased an average of 7% at single-lane roundabouts, and the odds of an injury fell 19% annually, but those changes weren't statistically significant, according to IIHS. It is not clear how long the crash reductions would be expected to continue.

 

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