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Škoda bolsters emergency services with blue-light fleet loans

Škoda is working to support the vital work of emergency services teams across the UK, including providing loan vehicles from its existing blue-light fleet to customers at no extra cost.

Škoda UK’s fleet team has implemented a number of plans to keep new and existing emergency service fleet customers on the road

With demand for specially converted vehicles having increased significantly in recent weeks, the fleet team at the carmaker has worked alongside blue-light partners to deliver new converted vehicles and ensure maintenance work to existing vehicles is carried out without delay.

In key areas across the UK where the brand’s emergency service customers have found their fleet short of supply, Škoda has, where possible, loaned vehicles from its own blue-light fleet at no cost, to help plug the gap. Its dealer network has been working alongside approved convertors to fulfil new vehicle orders to emergency service customers and deliver these cars earlier than planned.

Vehicles including the Superb, Octavia, Karoq and Kodiaq have all been sourced and delivered to providers across the UK.

As well as providing vehicles, Škoda has ensured aftersales facilities remain open across the dealer network for emergency services and key workers.

Henry Williams, head of fleet at Škoda, said: “Keeping our emergency service customers mobile during this time has been a top priority. We’ve worked hard to ensure they have received uninterrupted access to vehicle maintenance and that there has been no delay in the supply of parts. Thanks to the support and dedication of our convertors and retailers, we have also been able to deliver new vehicles ahead of schedule.”

The measures support Škoda’s existing work to support the pandemic response, including its Technical Development department, which is using its 3D printers to produce parts for certified FFP3 respirators, while other divisions are producing face shields.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.