Slough Borough Council has called on vehicle hire company SHB Hire to supply its new fleet vehicles.
The five-year deal will see SHB deliver 40 vehicles before December, mainly vans and HGVs but also more specialised vehicles such as sweepers, gully emptiers, lining trailers and graffiti trailers.
Slough Borough Council says the contract will allow it to operate cleaner vehicles, helping it meet carbon reduction targets.
Councillor Fiza Matloob, cabinet member for transport and highways, believes Slough is leading the way in bringing its environmental services team back in house, and SHB vehicles will serve the local authority’s aim of improving the environment for Slough residents.
Based at the borough’s Chalvey depot, the vehicles will be used for a variety of purposes across the region including helping the authority meet its Highway Asset Management Strategy.
Having a single supplier that could deliver all of the vehicles and continually maintain them from a nearby local depot was crucial in Slough Borough Council’s decision.
SHB was able to offer a robust and comprehensive level of maintenance care to the council with the ability to have maintenance carried out on a mobile basis, as well as utilising their nearby fully resourced Heathrow depot. The majority of vehicles should be delivered by the end of November.
Nicky Simpson, commercial director at SHB, explained: “Slough Borough Council will be able to benefit from a highly proactive one-stop-shop for all of their vehicles supplied by SHB for the foreseeable future.
“We were able to promote a strong level of aftercare with the benefit of a local base to support all the vehicle types.”
As part of the contract with SHB, operators will also be provided with formal operative training and familiarisation training to further enhance their procedures across the borough.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, adds: “SHB has had its work cut out delivering such specialist vehicles in such a short space of time, so we commend their great effort.”