Fraikin has brought the fleet of the future to London Linen with the delivery of the customer’s maiden Euro VI vehicle, and one of the first clean-generation Iveco Eurocargos to enter operation in the UK.
The 7.5 tonne 4×2 rigid is the latest in a long line of vehicles that Fraikin has provided to London Linen in a relationship that dates back to 1999. It has been supplied on a five year full service contract hire agreement and will ensure that the future-thinking linen supplier is at the forefront of commercial vehicle technology, whilst minimising its impact on London’s air quality.
London Linen will use the new truck to provide delivery and collection of linen to high-end restaurants across the Capital on an intensive multi-drop cycle, while benefitting from the significant environmental advantages which the modern Euro VI offers over older Euro V vehicles. These benefits include reduced fuel consumption, which cuts the cost of operation, together with increased performance and torque at low engine speeds.
Servicing and maintenance will be managed by Fraikin’s newest depot in Iver, situated close to Heathrow and the M25. The deal also includes collection and delivery for servicing, road fund licensing, 24 hour breakdown support, MOTs and tyres, plus replacement vehicle cover in the unlikely event of unexpected downtime which cannot be quickly resolved.
Tom Geraghty, Transport Manager, London Linen, says: “Our deliveries are time critical, so we can’t afford unplanned downtime. Thankfully Fraikin ensures that never happens; their service has always been second to none and we can always contact them easily if required. Their service support has been the key to a business relationship spanning 15 years.”
Fraikin took care of all elements of the vehicle’s supply, from providing initial chassis recommendations, to specifying modifications and branding. The truck has a customised body that features rear and side shutters. These enable the driver to load the vehicle more easily and ensure weight is evenly distributed across the axles.
Geraghty continues: “Because Fraikin take care of everything, it takes the hassle out of running a truck fleet. We can just get on the road and provide the best possible service to our customers.”
Peter Backhouse, Fraikin CEO, says: “We believe our customers should benefit from using the cleanest and most efficient latest vehicle technology, rather than ‘making do’ with previous generation vehicles of yesteryear. For a truck which will spend the majority of its working life in the Capital, this Euro VI model was the perfect solution for London Linen.”
Fraikin Ltd is part of the Fraikin Group, the largest commercial vehicle fleet services company in Europe, providing expert fleet management, contract hire and rental solutions to both the private and public sector. In the UK a team of nearly 400 staff manage approximately 15,000 assets, ranging from vans to heavy trucks, as well as specialist plant and machinery. The Fraikin Group, established in France in 1944 by Gérard Fraikin, has operations in 10 countries – Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Luxembourg, Morocco, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Poland and the UK. Since 2007 it has been owned by CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms.