Specialist Fleet Services photoNorthampton Borough Council has awarded the contract to provide and maintain its new fleet of property services vehicles to local contract hire and fleet management company Specialist Fleet Services (SFS).

Councillor Mary Markham, Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing: “Our Property Services team rely on their vehicles to ensure high levels of productivity. SFS met all of our requirements including out of hours servicing and delivery and collection of vehicles to ensure we can deliver the level of service our tenants expect and deserve.”

Northampton-based SFS, who have been supplying and maintaining the authority’s existing housing fleet since 2004, are phasing in approximately 80 new vehicles from early 2013.

Dave Sheppard, Technical Support Manager, SFS Ltd said: “We are delighted to have won this tender, especially as we are situated in Northampton and have been providing vehicles to the authority for over eight years. We always strive to go the extra mile for our customers and this is no exception. The contract offers value for money and will improve the efficiency of the property services division.”

The vehicles, a combination of Citroënvans, Isuzu tippers and hook lifts, all have Euro 5 diesel engines proven to deliver exceptional performance and low running costs as well environmentalbenefits such as low noise and low emissions. SFS has arranged for the tradesmen’s vehicles, such as those used by electricians and plumbers, to be fitted with specialist racking by System Edstrom of Corby, for the storage of tools, equipment and materials. This will improve the efficiency of the service by increasing the speed and number of jobs that can be carried out by the team.

As part of the tendering process SFS interrogated the telematics market place and specified the Fleetmatics system with Garmin in-cab, touch screen display units for two-way communication. As well as providing vehicle tracking the system, which is smart phone compatible, offers a host of functions that can be tailored to the end-user’s specification including text alerts in live-time and the production of management reports on items such as driving style and fuel usage. To further improve fuel consumption speed limiters are being fitted to all vehicles and training on ‘green driving’ provided.

Northampton Borough Council is also switching over to SFS’ new, superior FleetWave management software; a secure web-based system for scheduling work, servicing and repairs, monitoring thefleet and providing a range of management information.

For more information: 01604 234601 or www.sfs.co.uk