Best fuel cards for sole traders and self-employed contractors

Anticipate your spending with guaranteed discounts

Claim VAT back with HMRC-compliant invoices

Access 86% of fuel stations across the UK

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Manage your fuel more effectively

Radius has been a leading provider of fuel cards for sole traders since we were founded as UK Fuels in 1990. Today, we work with all major brands as well as operating our own UK Fuels network.

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Can a sole trader get a fuel card? 

The short answer is yes. Fuel cards are a fantastic resource available for any business that requires the use of one or more vehicles to function effectively. Fuel cards for self-employed contractors are an excellent way to manage outgoing finances with weekly invoices, and offer savings to reduce the business impact of costly fuel prices.  

Sole trader fuel cards are a fantastic option to gain more control over your business expenses, especially when faced with regularly fluctuating fuel prices.  

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Save time

Fill up at locations convenient to you with access to over 86% of fuel stations in the UK. Find stations and map your journey with our e-route tool, as well as paperless HMRC-compliant invoices, automated payments and straightforward admin.

Save money

Simple, competitive tariffs that help you save each time you fill up, with discounts of up to 10p a litre. Choose between a fixed weekly price or a guaranteed saving off the pump price, plus loyalty points depending on the card you pick.

Easy online management

Manage your cards, invoices, transactions, alerts, limits and more online with Radius Velocity - our fuel card services platform. You can also access a range of reports to better understand fuel consumption and driver behaviour, for effective fleet management.

More than just fuel

Add carbon offsetting for your business fuel, access sustainable fuel like HVO, and get hybrid or electric vehicle charging cards. You can also use your fuel card to purchase other vehicle-related products like AdBlue®.

How it works


A few quick questions

Provide us with some company information and tell us about your business needs.


The best solution

We compare fuel cards across our wide range to provide the best product for you.


Fill up and start saving

Complete a fuel card application form online or by phone, then use your fuel card solution across the UK for discounted prices and cost savings.

Find your fuel card

Best fuel card for sole traders

There are many fuel cards for sole traders available for use in the UK, depending on your needs, location, and fuel budget. Networks with extensive motorway coverage are convenient providers of fuel cards for self-employed contractors travelling long distances across the country, while cards covering supermarket fuel stations can be beneficial for independent freelancers looking for more convenience in their day-to-day routine. When assessing cost efficiency, you know what your business needs, which is why we're here to help you review your options and find the fuel card that's best for you.

Benefits of fuel cards for sole traders

Save at the pump

Enjoy guaranteed discounts at the pump, or look at weekly fixed pricing if you're covering a lot of miles.

HMRC-compliant invoices

Save time on VAT claims by downloading HMRC-compliant invoices through the Radius Velocity app, claiming your money back with minimal fuss. 

Flexible refuelling

Refuel at your convenience with access to thousands of fuel stations across the UK. 

Plan your journey

Plan your day efficiently by setting fuel routes on our free e-route journey planning app.  

Loyalty programs

Collect loyalty points with your fuel card and save money with your chosen companies.  

How can Radius Velocity help sole traders manage their fuel cards?

As a sole trader, time is of the essence. Financial management can take as much time as working, especially when keeping track of multiple invoices and anticipated fuel costs. Radius Velocity helps you manage your fuel cards and expenses with an app accessible on the go, cutting down on administration time and allowing you to prioritise your work.  

With Radius Velocity, you can access your invoices, fuel usage reports, and account history without trawling lengthy bank statements every week. Paperless functionality also offers a lower carbon footprint for your business, compiling all of the information you need in a single portal available online. You can also save money for your business with exclusive offers available to users of the Radius Velocity portal.  

Fleet fuel management made simple with Radius Velocity

Get more from your fuel cards

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Electric and hybrid vehicles

Sole traders with electric or hybrid vehicles can charge up with EV charge cards from Radius, which work in the same way as fuel cards.


AdBlue® and other products

Purchase other vehicle-related products with your fuel card including AdBlue® and lubricants.

Carbon offset for your fleet fuel

Carbon offset for your business fuel

Offset 100% of your carbon emissions from the fuel you buy with the Radius Future programme and our partnership with Forest Carbon

Frequently asked questions

Can’t find an answer to your question? Talk to our customer support team on 0344 880 2468. We’re here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

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Why choose Radius?

With innovative solutions built around the needs of our customers, we've established an international reputation for helping businesses grow sustainably.


Our team has over 33 years of experience helping more than 400,000 customers globally.


We are an internationally-acclaimed provider with numerous awards for our products and services.


Choose from our range of fleet, mobility and connectivity solutions that can be tailored to suit your needs.


Use our award-winning technology and services to save your business time and money.

Need help?

Can’t find what you are looking for?

The customer support team at Radius has a global reach with over 50 offices to offer local contact with an international presence. Let us know how we can help.  

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