Energy firm CV deal

Over 350 Fiat commercial vehicles
are to be delivered to Scottish Southern Energy (SSE), thanks to a
five-year, fully maintained contract hire deal funded by Lex

The vans – a mix of Fiorinos and Doblo Cargos –
have been prepared to the energy company’s specifications, said
Fiat Professional, which is supplying the CVs, with “a
newly-designed bespoke racking system, while the Fiorinos come with
passenger airbag, larger 15-inch wheels, Michelin energy saving
tyres, parking sensors and panelled bulkheads. The Doblo Cargos are
equipped with panelled bulkheads and parking sensors as

“The Fiorinos portray a fresh new identity for
SSE,” said Grahame Neagus, head of Lex Autolease’s specialist
commercial vehicle unit. “And that, coupled with the vehicles’
comfort, practicality and functionality, made them an obvious
choice for this contract.”

The vans’ low CO2 emissions also helped seal the
deal, Neagus added.

Ann Summers deal

The high street chain Ann Summers, which
sells lingerie and “all things fun and sexy”, has outsourced
management of its fleet to Leasedrive Velo, the lessor said.

The minimum two-year, open-ended, self-funded
contract will cover the management of 270 cars, using Leasedrive
Velo’s online fleet management system, Drive:Manager, and its
Manager and Report:Manager modules.

“It is anticipated more services will be provided
in the future,” said a Leasedrive spokesman.

Mick O'Neil, fleet manager at Ann Summers
said: “We conducted a detailed review before deciding to change
supplier. Key deciding factors were the systems capability, backed
by the expertise of the management team. We look forward to
developing a long-term partnership.”

Plum(b) fleet van deal

Plumbing firm Dyno-Rod Plumbing
and Drains has signed a contract with Hitachi Capital Commercial
Vehicle Services (HCCVS), for the lease of 66 new vans, a mix of
Volkswagen Caddys and Ford Transits.

As per the terms of the deal, HCCVS will manage the
build, delivery and finance for the new vans, which will support
Dyno-Rod’s expansion bid over the next six months.

A TomTom Work unit will be fitted into every van,
to “allow for more efficient work management as [Dyno-Rod] will be
able to identify where a vehicle is located against planning
schedules and pick the best vehicles to manage a new task”, HCCVS

Fleet management contract win

The National House Building
Council has outsourced management of its 650-strong fleet to Zenith
Provecta following a review, the council said.

The sole-supply deal includes online quoting,
ordering, maintenance, accident management, hire car, risk and
re-marketing management services.

Zenith MD Andrew Cope said: “NHBC is the leading
warranty and insurance provider for new homes and we knew of their
strength and credibility before the review process began.”