Fleet Cards Europe

About UsInterview| 07 July 2022
Interview with Sven Mehringer, Managing Director Energy & Vehicle Services at DKV Mobility and first President of Fleet Cards Europe

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

As Managing Director at DKV Mobility, I am in charge of the Energy & Vehicle Services business unit, and a member of the company Executive Board. Overall, I have been working for DKV Mobility for 17 years in various management positions.

2. What is Fleet Cards Europe ?

Fleet Cards Europe (FCE) is the voice of independent fleet card issuers in Europe. It was established in 2021, as a non-profit association to represent the interests of its members and customers.

3. For those who aren’t familiar, what is a fleet card?

Fleet cards are like a multifunctional tool for every commercial driver, for the purpose of accessing vehicle-related goods and services, such as conventional and alternative energies, roadside assistance, toll charges, security services, parking, and ferry fees. They are available as classic fleet cards – i.e. as a physical card – but also increasingly in digital form so that products and services can be settled via an app.

4. Your organisation, DKV Mobility, is one of the three founders of FCE. What were the main drivers behind creating a European association?

We established a European association that acts jointly and promotes our common interests and those of our customers as we want our industry to be represented in Brussels. While EU regulations such as the Payment Services Directive and the Fit for 55 package are increasing, early engagement is the key to our ability to participate in debates on priority topics.

5. Tell us a little about your members?

With DKV Mobility, Edenred/UTA, E100, Eurowag, FLEETCOR, Radius, Tankpool24 and WEX we currently have eight full members, and with MultiTankcard & RMC Service two associate members who represent a significant share of the European fleet cards market.

6. How is FCE membership benefiting your organisation?

It gives us a forum to share knowledge and best practice around key industry issues with other independent fleet card issuers. FCE membership also allows us to better monitor, evaluate and react to initiatives which affect our sector and customers.

7. What are the main issues that FCE is looking at right now?

Topics with potential impact on the mobility sector. For us that is payments, VAT and sustainability. For each topic, we have established a separate working group. Our Payments working group is looking at the harmonisation of the supervisory practices by national competent authorities under PSD2. Our VAT working group is concerned with the treatment of supplies and vehicle-related services by fleet card issuers from a VAT perspective. And our Sustainability working group is committed to being an agent of energy transition and working with the European road transport sector and policymakers to deliver on the ambitious emissions reductions that have been set.

8. If we look five years ahead, what do you hope to have achieved?

Five years from now, we want to be recognised as the voice of independent fleet card issuers in Europe, acting as a partner for policymakers on key topics that impact our customers, our industry and road transport in general.

9. What are the most exciting developments you expect to see in the fleet cards industry?

The impending energy transition will transform commercial road transport in Europe. Our task is to advise the decision-makers in this transformation and to shape the change positively so that our customers can continue to benefit from the advantages of a fleet card in the future and its use remains suitable for them in their everyday business.

10. How can interested parties become members of FCE?

We are always keen to have new members and have two membership options. To become a member, you can contact us via the contact form on our website www.fleetcardseurope.com or e-mail fleetcardseurope@humebrophy.com

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Secure & transparent
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Smart solutions reduce emissions
Essential infrastructure
Technology neutral
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