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BP Mobile Fuel Payments App Connects To Fleet Cards

BP is rolling out enhancements to its fuel payment app in the U.K., linking the platform to fleet cards, according to reports in FleetPoint. Reports on Monday (July 23) said the BPme app, launched as part of BP’s “Pay For Fuel” program, is the U.K.’s first mobile fleet payment app to connect to a fleet card, supporting drivers with mobile payment capabilities and allowing them to pay for fuel without having their physical fleet card in hand.

The app also aggregates payment data for heightened transparency and analysis into spending and vehicle activity. Reports said the solution provides enhanced payment security, as well as safety benefits. Drivers do not have to leave their vehicle to fuel up, reports noted, while fuel card PINs are swapped out for phone passcodes or fingerprint authentication.

U.K. Fuel Card Manager Andy Allen of BP Fuel Cards said, “What is more valuable than time? BPme is making refueling easier, faster and more convenient than ever before. By saving time every time drivers fill up, we’re increasing fleets’ efficiency and drivers’ well-being. Having a fuel card on BPme means less admin and less room for error. Making drivers’ jobs easier means fleets become more efficient both from a time and cost perspective. And that gives them a greater chance to be successful and grow.”

The features are currently available to 900 BP fuel stations in the U.K. and will expand throughout the year, reports said.

Last year, BP announced a fleet card for corporate customers that supports cross-border payments, developed in partnership wit Aral. The card provides access to the ROUTEX network that operates across 29 European countries. A survey conducted by BP at the time found that fleet management and cost reduction are the top priorities for fleet managers.

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