SPCA finds animal attraction for Citroen LCV range
The Scottish SPCA operates an 85-strong, all Citroen LCV fleet and this is the fourth order it has placed with the manufacturer in the past four years.
The majority of the current Scottish SPCA order, supplied by Citroen dealer Park’s Motor Group, East Kilbride, is for Berlingo HDi 75 manual L1 625 Enterprise models. Each Berlingo holds a number of cages and additional equipment, such as swan hooks and a search light for working at night, as specified by the Scottish SPCA.
The current order also includes a Relay 35 L3H2 120 6-speed manual van, which has been specified for its ability to pull a 3-tonne GVW double horsebox. The Relay 35 L3H2 and 10 of the new Berlingos, along with some of the existing fleet, will be based at the Scottish SPCA’s new animal rescue and re-homing centre in Aberdeenshire.
In addition, the charity is taking delivery of an enhanced-traction Dispatch L1H1 1200 XTR+ van, which will be used to go onto beaches and into the hills to help wounded deer.
John Allan, Scottish SPCA finance manager, said: ‘We like the Citroens because they offer us lower running costs, whilst still giving us the space we need for the cages and equipment our inspectors and ambulance drivers have to carry. We are a charity – we can’t afford to waste money.
All the new vans are finished in the Scottish SPCA’s black and white livery and are being operated by ING on three-year/variable mileage (according to operation) lease contracts, with maintenance.