With talk of UK fuel prices nudging the pound a litre mark, businesses in the West Midlands will be digging deep.
The fuel price has rocketed by 56.99 per cent over the last ten years. Only transport insurance and education beat this increase during the same period.
Coupled with pressure from green organisations to reduce the distances travelled, companies are looking for alternative solutions to cut costs, and at the same time, do their bit for the environment.
Auditor Stewart Clayton, of Dudley-based accountants Mazars said: "When it comes to reducing fleet fuel bills - and over coming months those bills will get higher - the first thing you must ask yourself is whether you can reduce the size of the fleet and the number of journeys.
"For example, with improved communications, is it always necessary to meet a client face to face? Can the business meetings be conducted via conferencing? Or if the meeting is in an area easily reached by public transport, can employees use the train, or for short distances, take taxis?
"Can petrol vehicles be converted to diesel or LPG? These are lower cost alternatives and could have positive cost implications.
"It is also important to shop around when it comes to buying fuel. People tend to use the same supplier, but we all shop around when we buy a new mobile phone or a laptop. We need to apply the same principles to buying fuel."
He added: "Businesses should always be thinking about ways to run more efficiently and to reduce outgoings. This needs to be an ongoing process. It's also worth looking at new technology. For example, vehicles using electric energy may demand considerable investment now, but over time could cut costs. The key really is to plan, assess costs and constantly review so you're getting the best for the business and your team."