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All-diesel Vauxhalls chosen in OCS efficiency drive

PROPERTY support services company OCS has revamped its fleet and switched from outright purchase to contract hire.

The international company runs 1,100 cars and 1,400 light commercial vehicles in the UK and has signed an all-diesel two-year new vehicle supply contract with Vauxhall.

It has specified its fleet vehicles come with satellite navigation to ensure staff make ‘efficient and effective’ customer visits.

Although its light commercial fleet will still be outright purchased, the company now has a solus contract hire arrangement with ALD Automotive.

It expects to order up to 500 cars, mostly Vectras, with Vauxhall’s CD ROM-driven satellite navigation system, and is also trialling the system in its light commercial vehicles. The new Astra will account for about 500 other cars on the fleet and will be used by field-based contract managers.

OCS chief executive Chris Cracknell said: ‘We have specified satellite navigation for field staff and systems engineers to help them plan journeys more effectively and make the most efficient use of their time on customer visits.’

The company runs its fleet on a four-year, 100,000-mile replacement cycle and expects to take up to 600 new Vauxhalls over the next 48 months, mainly diesel Astras and Vectras. It already operates one of the largest fleets comprising Movano in the country, with 500 of the panel vans on the books.

It also operates 40 Vauxhall Dualfuel vehicles within the central London congestion-charging zone, as the cleanest alternative fuel vehicles receive a 100% discount on the £5 a day charge.

Cracknell said: ‘The LPG vehicles are being used by cleaning operatives and service and maintenance engineers who travel into central London every day.’

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