The AA is to provide additional support to London Ambulance Service (LAS) to keep its frontline crews on the road during the coronavirus pandemic.
The partnership includes 24-hour breakdown and incident management services such as roadside assistance and vehicle recovery for LAS vehicles.
The AA will also work with the ambulance service’s mechanics to provide immediate technical support for the its fleet of more than 500 ambulances and 70 fast response cars.
Forty-one AA patrols have been sent to the 12 LAS workshops to work alongside its mechanics.
Garrett Emmerson, chief executive of London Ambulance Service, said: “We are very grateful for the support of the AA as the country faces the biggest health challenge in generations – one that is putting unprecedented strain on our service.
“Our staff and volunteers are working harder than ever to provide life-saving care to Londoners.
“This partnership will help our fleet and workshop teams make sure crews can get back out on the road and continue to reach those patients that need us most.”
The AA provides breakdown services to several ambulance services across the country and is working to roll out further support schemes during the pandemic.
It has also secured a deal with its parts supplier Euro Car Parts to provide mechanical parts for ambulance service at cost.
Elsewhere, the AA’s patrols are still going to breakdowns across the UK and are taking extra care to follow health advice and the latest guidelines at all times.
It is one of the ways fleet operators and company car drivers can access emergency vehicle repair and maintenance services as some garages and workshops remain open during the coronavirus lockdown.