Fleet Alliance to manage CET Safehouse commercial fleet
Leasing and fleet management specialist Fleet Alliance was able to use its extensive manufacturer contacts to negotiate a series of specification enhancements within a very attractive monthly rental. At the same time, carbon emissions were reduced significantly through the selection of carbon efficient Euro V compliant vehicles – all factors which persuaded CET Safehouse to select the Fleet Alliance offering.
Two Trafic models were procured, the Trafic SWB SL27 dCi 90 Euro V and LWB Low Roof SL27 dCi 115 Euro V, along with Master LWB Hi Roof 120 models and one Master SWB Hi Roof. Prices included satellite navigation, rear cameras and highway maintenance chevrons and the vehicles were contract hired for three years/120,000 miles.
CET Safehouse, based at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, but operating around the country, is renowned for its abilities to test various materials, such as soil, concrete and asphalt, in laboratory conditions, working with many of the UK’s big name construction companies.
The privately owned company also specialises in emergency repair services, site investigations, subsidence outsourcing services, drain surveys and repairs, and has 150 employees. The new fleet of vans will be used by the company’s materials testing and site investigation specialists in the course of their duties across the UK.
Finance director, Stephen Humphrey said the company had quite rigorous requirements for its vehicles. ‘We typically operate in rugged terrain around the UK and cover high mileages. So we needed vehicles that were robust and fit for purpose.
‘They also needed to be fitted with a series of additions to meet health and safety regulations, including hand washes, shelving, racking, and heavy duty ramps for lifting specialist machinery.
‘Fleet Alliance’s Chris Cooper handled all the procurement process and was able to negotiate an outstanding price for us. We also needed the vans sign-written, ply-lined and shelving added.
‘Chris handled all the logistics with the various after-fit companies involved to ensure that not one of our operatives had a single day’s downtime while the new vans were being delivered, which was another important factor for us,’ he added.
Chris Cooper of Fleet Alliance, based in Brighton and covering the South East of the country, said: ‘We were delighted to win this contract to supply CET Safehouse’s fleet needs and keep its national workforce mobile. We always aim to provide high levels of customer service and support which we believe sets us apart from most of our competitors.’
Martin Brown, managing director of Fleet Alliance, added: ‘We pride ourselves on our ability to negotiate the best possible deals for our fleet customers and with CET Safehouse were able to put together a highly attractive and very competitive package to meet the customer’s total requirements.’