Ford will supply vehicles under a solus arrangement, replacing a former three-marque deal involving Ford, Vauxhall and Rover. Ashley Eley, car provision scheme manager, said: 'A solus deal has allowed us to organise very competitive rates. I see no reason why the scheme should not grow in size.'
The council used to operate an outright purchase fleet but moved to leasing three years ago. Its current scheme offers a comprehensive package that includes insurance, roadside assistance and breakdown recovery, free glass repair and replacement, and temporary replacement vehicle. Drivers are encouraged to look after their cars through a fair wear and tear policy that is reinforced by potential end-of-contract penalties and they also pay the insurance excess in the event of an accident.