There are a number of problems with company gas cards: loss, theft, misuse, improper use,personal use and a variety of other “use” issues that can make keeping track of cards and fuel costs a tangled mess. ComdataCorp. has what they say is a high-tech solution that makes it easier to keep track of the entire fuel purchasing process and is more efficient for the drivers, while stopping the lost card and misuse issues. That’s because their new system is cardless, and tied to the vehicle, not the driver.
Here’s how the system works: You install one of Comdata’s radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on your vehicle. When the driver pulls into an approved RFID-equipped location, the tag is triggered and the purchase process begins before the driver even steps from the cab. Because by the time the door opens, the RFID tag has already been recognized, and the transaction controls specified for that particular vehicle have been accessed. Now all the driver has to do is pump and go.
“Increasingly, transportation companies are looking for innovative programs that make their business more efficient and secure,” said Steve Stevenson, Comdata president. “Our new cardless program delivers both, offering convenience to keep their trucks moving and control to mitigate their risk of fraud.”
That means drivers spend less time at the pump, since the RFID tag eliminates most, if not all, of their data entry tasks. No more need to enter PIN numbers or billing zip codes. As a result, according to Comdata, the program simplifies the overall fuel-purchasing process by automating the transaction for drivers, expediting the authorization, and reducing the chances of fraudulent purchases being made on a card.And that translates into trucks back out on the road faster, drivers not worrying about losing cards, companies don’t have to worry about drivers misusing the cardsand you can track your expenses more accurately.