A DELIVERY of 12 Peugeot Partner vans to GSF Car Parts’ Birmingham head office marks the start of a £3.5m rolling programme to exchange the company’s older vans across its entire fleet in 2017.
The new vans replace GSF’s local delivery vehicles over 4 years old and the programme will see 350 Peugeot Partner van replaced across the entire 65 branch network during the year – around 60 per cent of the current van fleet.
Manufacturer-owned Robins & Day, the largest Peugeot dealership group in the UK, will coordinate deliveries branch-by-branch from its Edgware centre.
Every van has been fitted with RoadHawk DC-2 dash cams and reversing sensors to help reduce insurance claims, cut repair costs and promote safe driving. They are supplied fully liveried by Sign Language and are ply-lined. The impressive attention to detail has even extended to van liveries which have been designed not only to be eye-catching but also modular, making them easy to replace in the event of minor damage to the hard-worked fleet.
The vans bring many benefits; improved engines and more load space are prime advantages over the vans they are replacing. Modern Euro VI technology means they will deliver reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, benefitting both the bottom line and the environment.
To enhance levels of support, the management of the GSF fleet is being transferred into The Parts Alliance Group’s fleet team, under the group fleet manager Steve Evans and Tony Shearer, branch operational services director.
Shearer said: ‘This is a major investment that will bring the GSF van fleet into line with our fleet policy for the rest of the group. We generally work on a 4 to 5 year and 150,000 mile replacement cycle.’
Dave Lewis, operations director at GSF Car Parts, said: ‘We’re delighted that GSF will now have one of the best fleets in our industry. It’s a great boost to morale, productivity and of course the image of our business out at customer level.’
The vehicles are being financed through Zenith, the UK’s leading independent leasing, fleet management and vehicle outsourcing provider. The arrangement with Zenith means the vans are protected with a full three year manufacturer’s warranty but will be serviced and maintained through a bespoke national repairer network of GSF customers, using parts supplied by the business.
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