Just weeks before a ban on using Arval fuelcards at all BP owned and operated filling stations was due to come into force, the two companies have agreed a deal overturning the ban.
In August, BP announced that its stations would no longer accept Allstar cards blaming a difficult business environment.
However, after discussions between the country’s largest fuelcard provider and BP, which has 1,500 wholly owned or franchised filling stations, an agreement was reached to continue acceptance of Arval fuel cards.
Following BP’s decision to withdraw from the Arval Allstar network, some commentators said the fuel retailer was “posturing” before entering into new discussions with Arval.
A significant number of fleet operators issue Allstar cards to their drivers and many cite the cards’ universal acceptance as one of the main attractions for selecting them.
It was therefore important to ensure that BP came back on board to ensure this universal acceptance was not jeopardised.
“This outcome reflects a commitment on the part of Arval and BP to continue in the commercial business relationship established over the last 30 years, whilst reflecting the present trading conditions,” said Pete Molloy, BP’s UK fuel operations manager.
“We hope this outcome will minimise the inconvenience to both customers and dealers.
"This move assures the continued acceptance of Arval fuel cards and Supercharge cards on the BP network.”
Danny Clenaghan, card development director at Arval added: “We are delighted that agreement has been reached which we believe represents the best outcome for customers, dealers and both organisations.
"We both acknowledge the value and strength of each others brands and the positive impact our partnership generates for all involved.”