UK provider of equipment rental and support services, Speedy, will be taking delivery of an impressive fleet of over 450 new delivery vehicles thanks to a huge £12.8 million investment resulting in improved driver safety and fuel efficiency.
Speedy, which is recognised for its bright red delivery fleet seen on roads up and down the UK, has invested in the vehicles as part of an on-going upgrade programme.
The order consists of 400 Ford Transit vans of differing sizes and configurations, worth over £8.6 million. Speedy completed the order of Ford vehicles; all managed by LexAutolease, with an additional number of bespoke Ford Ranger vehicles to be used in client-specific applications.
In addition, Speedy have placed firm commitments on 22 DAF CF 32 tonne purpose designed
HGVs supplied by CVL of Leeds and Lancashire DAF, worth a further £3 million.
To support the growth of the asset management activity of Speedy, the business has invested a further £1.2m in ordering five state-of-the-art, bulk fuel tankers from Tasca Tankers of Wakefield. The DAF CF chassis’ will again be supplied by Lancashire DAF and funded by the extended working agreements with BNP Artegy.
Richard Martin, Speedy’s logistics director, said: "Our fleet is an extension of our company brand so it important that we choose the right vehicles to meet our customers’ needs and requirements.
"The new vehicles will make up around a third of our current fleet. Fuel consumption and operational efficiency were big considerations in our decision making process. With a network of over 300 depots, Speedy covers the whole of the UK and our vehicles are vital to transport assets and equipment.
"We will be taking advantage of new safety features found in the specialised HGV vehicles, which will be used mainly by our Power division to transport our heavy plant. As an example improved driver safety is offered thanks to an offloading "walkway" which extends the usually narrow bed of the vehicle which an operator has to stand upon."
Like all of Speedy’s delivery vehicles, the new vehicles will be fitted with on board telematics which provide real-time visibility into its end-to-end fleet operations. The system provides comprehensive reporting into driver behaviour, so that more economical driving can be encouraged, to improve fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions which is all part of their sustainability programme, One Plan.
Karen Nixon, Ford UK regional fleet manager, said: "We’re thrilled to be delivering a further 400 Ford vehicles to Speedy, helping them in their quest for lower whole life vehicle costs and greater fuel-efficiency.
"The company’s continued loyalty to Ford as their preferred vehicle supplier is testament to the reliability of Ford’s award-winning commercial vehicle range, and evidence of the outstanding commitment Ford makes to its fleet customers."