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United stand to cut down on fleet admin

WATER, electricity and gas network owner United Utilities has revamped its fleet operation and cut the number of leasing suppliers it uses.

The company has awarded a five-year deal to ALD Automotive following a tender process launched to reduce its in-house fleet administration.

Pat Nolan, United Utilities’ technical project manager, said ALD’s web-based offering was key to its decision.

Nolan said: ‘We wanted our chosen partner to be able to provide a range of added value IT-based services to support both the business and our drivers. We believe the new contract will remove a significant amount of day-to-day administration, thereby enabling cost efficiencies and a greater strategic focus on fleet operations.’

The company operates a 1,800-strong car fleet, historically a mix of both outright purchase and leasing through a number of contract hire suppliers. It also has 3,000 cash-for-car drivers.

Now all of its company cars will be leased through ALD, which will also supply a range of fleet management services. ALD will also manage out existing vehicle leasing contracts.

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