The council previously contract hired this section of its fleet from BRS and used a mixture of Leyland Daf and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Following a tendering process, it decided to move to Automotive Leasing and use Fords. The agreement follows a deal in January 1996 when the council appointed Automotive Leasing to supply refuse and sweeper vehicles for seven years.
Kettering Borough Council finance manager Steve Maxwell said: 'When we engaged in a tendering process, the aim was to obtain an efficient, cost-effective fleet to complement our existing refuse and sweeping vehicles. This has been achieved with the minimum disruption to services.'