Diesel theft is not a new trend, nor is it limited to South Africa or Africa. Only now that the cost of diesel has climbed so high, have we started to take notice of the trends and amounts of diesel being taken. We've had reports of 10L once a week, to 10L a day, right to point where we intercepted a 208L diesel theft in one sitting. We have since shut down that specific diesel buying operation in Midrand.
Diesel management - The need to know
Being the only company in South Africa that can monitor diesel levels accurately in real time, we're reluctant to share exactly how we do it.
There are many ways to steal diesel, our system is the only one that combats ALL of them. The incidents we've experienced are as follows;
When using a fleet card/cash to fill up, the driver gets the pump attendant to put 450L into the tank, the remaining 50L of fuel is pumped into jerry cans, and sold at the borders or along the route. Due to the dispense amount reflecting 500L, the card owner is no wiser to the fact that not all of it has gone into his vehicle.
The DFuel system will indicate how many litres were pumped into the tank on a specific refuelling.
For companies who have their own pumps onsite, the diesel is pumped into the tanks and verified. Along the route the driver siphones diesel from the tank and sells it. When anti-siphon devices are fitted to the filler necks of the tanks, they puncture the tank at the bottom and reseal or plug it.
The Dfuel system automatically calculates how many litres were added or removed from the truck. Giving you complete control on your diesel account. Furthermore it will notify you via sms when diesel is added or removed. This information is also available in your software interface.
The system also calculates, based on the litres added and the mileage done, the fuel consumption for each vehicle, which will also assist to highlight any irregularities.