The decision will bring an end to Lex Direct, Lex Vehicle Leasing's telesales operation that targeted the small fleet sector, and follows a similar move last week by Dial Contracts to pass responsibility for small fleet business to its own Network partners. Jon Walden, managing director of Lex Vehicle Leasing, said: 'Lex Vehicle Partners and Lex Direct were both going for the same piece of the market. Now we will have just one channel to the market.'
Under the new arrangement, Lex Vehicle Partners will sell Lex Vehicle Leasing's products and services, and maintain relationships with customers, while Lex Vehicle Leasing will provide all the back-up services. In a separate move, Graham Lister, operations director for Lex Vehicle Leasing, will be leaving the company. A replacement is being sought.