Jubitz Fleet Services
Unlocking Cardlock: Accessing Fuel Stations
September 7, 2021
Cardlock fuel stations often look like a parking lot with gas pumps arranged like they are social distancing. The sites are unmanned and even lack pricing signage. But why are these filling stations arranged just so? The answer is surprisingly simple. They are functional and efficient and therefore have no need to be particularly dazzling.
The types of vehicles using these sites are typically large. They’re not your everyday motor vehicles one might see parked in driveways in the suburbs. Instead, they’re the types of vehicles that don’t get parked at home and are often part of a fleet. Work trucks, courier vans, box trucks, buses, limousines, and semi-trucks are all familiar at fuel stations. Commercial vehicles like these can weigh tens of thousands of pounds and take up enormous amounts of space. Retail gas stations are not always easy for these drivers to access, if not impossible. Plus, many of these utility vehicles have specialized fuel requirements only available at cardlock sites.
Site Location and Accessibility
Most cardlock fueling stations are found off highways or major roads. This makes them both easy to find, convenient to get to, and accommodating for commercial vehicles. Spacious lots give drivers plenty of room to safely navigate their vehicle. While many retail stations have covered areas to provide both lighting and shelter, fuel station locations may forgo a cover or roof solution. This is because usually commercial vehicles take up a lot of space vertically! To cater to the most vehicles, stations will refrain from putting up any types of barriers that might prevent a large vehicle from using their location. Again, access to fuel sites is essential to welcoming drivers.
Fuel Card Exclusivity
Cardlock sites frequently don’t have fuel attendants and only show prices at the pump itself. These fuel stations can only be used by drivers with specific fuel cards. In fact, some pumps don’t dispense, or are locked, until unless the right fuel card with the proper control settings is accepted, which is where the term ‘cardlock’ comes from. Therefore, sites don’t need to have pricing publicly displayed because they aren’t catering to retail customers. While fuel card exclusivity is the case for the majority of cardlock stations, some locations do take credit cards. These locations will generally skip pricing skip pricing displays still to limit retail traffic.
Phone booths, restroom facilities, extras
Cardlock stations are unlikely to have a convenience store, sometimes called a c-store, and other amenities due to their remote locations. However, sites may have a phone booth and restroom facilities. Telephone booths are frequently left over from the pre-mobile and smartphone days.
Jubitz Cardlock Sites
Jubitz has fuel stations in Oregon and Southwest Washington along with its robust main campus in North Portland. Our cardlock stations offer a variety of different fuel types like non-ethanol, unleaded E10, biodiesel, and off-road diesel, to name a few. DEF at the pump is also available at select stations. Please review our map to see what is available at each location.
The simple set up of fuel stations caters to its very specific audience. While their straightforward layout can seem plain, they’re perfect for fuel card members. These customers know precisely what they need and are able to access these sites at their convenience. If you are looking for a fuel card provider, reach out to Jubitz at 1-800-523-0600 or click here.