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Fraikin appointed commercial vehicle solutions provider to Geoamey

Fraikin Ltd, one of the UK’s leading fleet management, contract hire and rental specialists in the UK has been awarded a landmark specialist commercial vehicle solutions contract to provide over 400 custodial cell vehicles to GEO Amey PECS Limited (GEOAmey).

GEOAmey is a joint venture between The GEO Group Inc. a global provider of correctional, detention and treatment services as well as secure transportation and Amey, a leading UK public services provider. GEOAmey has been awarded three contracts by the Ministry of Justice in the UK for the provision of Prisoner Escort and Custody Services (PECS) for England and Wales with the exception of London and the East of England commencing on 29 August 2011. This will include escorting prisoners between courts and prisons, transfers between prisons and managing court custody suites and dock areas.

At the core of the contract will be the design and build of 401 dedicated custodial cell vehicles the chassis’s for which have been provided by Iveco and Renault and the bodies manufactured by the Cartwright Group. These vehicles will be responsible for daily prisoner movements requiring Fraikin to deliver an innovative and sustainable solution.

The contract will run for an initial term of seven years and is the biggest single contract to be awarded in Fraikin’s 33 year UK history signalling a staggering £27 million capital investment by the company.

It is a tremendous coup for the Coventry based company and one which is testimony to the company’s revered position in the market.

Under the terms of the contract, Fraikin will be responsible for managing the total supply chain, delivering a full contract hire solution comprising finance, maintenance, management and working with the customer to provide a total vehicle solution.

More specifically, Fraikin will be sourcing the vehicles, appointing partners and overseeing build progression in time to meet the summer delivery date. Thereafter, the company will be responsible for a full range of integrated fleet management services including the entire vehicle maintenance and repair.

Peter Backhouse, Chief Executive, Fraikin Ltd commented: "Winning the contract with GEOAmey is a fantastic achievement for us as a business. Indeed it is a milestone in Fraikin’s history and one which not only enables us to showcase our ability to deliver a full vehicle solutions offering, but also demonstrates our financial strength to the market.

"It is not however without its challenges. By the very nature of their usage the vehicles are required to be robust in design, to ensure the security and health and safety of the prisoners as well as taking into account environmental considerations within a tight timescale.

"However it is what we do best and we are very much looking forward to a long working relationship with GEOAmey."

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