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‘Lack of LPG support’ prompts firm’s switch to diesel

A SECURITY firm is abandoning its fleet of LPG vehicles because of a lack of commitment from the Government.

Reading-based Westronics was disillusioned over dwindling Government support and limited availability of LPG for its Vauxhall car and van fleet. It has switched to diesel vehicles from Volkswagen.

Westronics managing director Graham Miller said: ‘We had wanted to be seen to be green and support LPG but reduced Government tax incentives and poor supply meant it was no longer viable for us.’

Miller said the change was also prompted by a re-branding exercise.

He said: ‘We evaluated four different car makes before opting for Volkswagen. Our customers have commented that it is a very good business decision.’

Westronics installs and maintains security and fire systems in the south and south west of England.

Its fleet comprises mainly vans for installation engineers, although it runs 13 cars for sales staff and engineers. The cars are now diesel Passats supplied by Ridgeway of Reading. Its Vauxhall Astravans will stay on the fleet until next year, when the new Jetta estate becomes available.

All the cars are funded by contract hire, with full maintenance provided by Volkswagen Group Leasing.

They will be operated on a three-year/90,000 mile contract.

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