Compiled by Jo Tacon
Integral, a building maintenance
company, has signed a major sole-supply deal with Venson Automotive
Solutions, which covers the management and leasing of Integral’s
1,400-strong fleet. The contract will run until 2012.
Venson’s experience in the field of
emergency vehicle fleets was a vital factor in its win, said
Integral’s fleet manager Craig Watson.
“Just like the emergency services,
our operational vehicles react to call-outs from customers.
Therefore, it is essential that vehicle downtime is reduced to the
absolute minimum,” he added.
Integral will also use Venson’s
online fleet management suite, Venson Interactive.
Venson has also won an extension
from long-standing customer J&E Hall Ltd, an air conditioning
and refrigeration systems company.
The three-year renewal will
lengthen Venson’s management of the J&E Hall fleet until the
end of 2012. The fleet company has worked with J&E Hall since
J&E Hall currently operates a
fleet of 82 diesel cars and 49 LCVs, mostly Ford models, on
BT Fleet has won a deal to manage
and maintain AA recovery vehicles. The contract covers 2,500
vehicles over a five year period.
Vehicle downtime minimisation and
maximum vehicle availability targets were key to BT Fleet’s win,
which extends a long-standing relationship between the two
Lombard is to deliver 93 BMW cars
to Badger Holdings before the end of July, and up to 40 thereafter,
after winning back the Badger account from a competitor.
Badger is the parent company of
Townends and Regents Estate Agents, dot financial services, Tyser
Greenwood Surveyors and INEX property solutions and runs a fleet of
BMW 1 and 3-Series diesels.
“Customers are realising that
well-structured leasing and management solutions can not only keep
their businesses moving but actually save money,” said Nigel Kerr,
Lombard’s head of contract hire, business and commercial.
“As a result, some are seeking more
strategic and better-structured funding and management solutions
and are happy to commit to long-term contracts despite the
prevailing economic conditions and uncertain outlook.”
Inchcape Fleet Solutions has won a
rolling vehicle and driver management outsourcing contract with
Allianz Insurance plc, following a competitive tender process,
The leasing and fleet management
company has held a fleet management contract with Allianz for the
last six years. The newly-announced contract covers a full
outsourcing arrangement for Allianz’s 250-car management fleet and
the 800-unit job-need fleet, as of 1 April, said Inchcape.
The job-need fleet is on a
sole-supply basis with Ford, and models are chosen for their low
emissions, while management’s cars are a mix of Audi, BMW, Ford,
Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, with incentives offered for choosing
models with emissions below 160g/km of CO2.
Allianz purchases the cars
outright, but Inchcape will henceforth buy and dispose of fleet
models on the insurer’s behalf, while also offering drivers a
dedicated extranet and helpdesk, an occupational road risk
Leasing and salary sacrifice
Northumbrian Water Ltd has selected
fleet provider Tusker to provide contract hire for its company car
drivers, as well as a salary sacrifice scheme which will form part
of a flexible benefits package for 3,000 staff.
The agreement is on a sole-supply
basis, and will run for four years, Tusker said.
All vehicles ordered through the scheme will have capped
emissions of 160g/km of CO2; if employees want a
higher-polluting car, they will have to make up the difference in
costs themselves, Tusker said.