All-round operational and economic appeal made Citroen vans Integra Utility Services’ first choice when it carried out its latest fleet replacement programme. This has seen the Midlands-based company, part of Severn Trent Metering Services, specify 85 Citroen Berlingo and New Look Relay vans to replace some two thirds of its fleet.
The new Citroens, the first in the company’s 130 strong van fleet, replace Vauxhall Combos. Citroen dealer Reg Vardy, Banbury, has supplied Integra Utility Services with 70 Berlingo 600D LX vans and 15 New Look Relays. The Relay order has been split between eight 1500 2.0HDi medium wheelbase, high roof vans and seven 1800 2.2HDi long wheelbase, high roof vans.
Russell Knowles, Integra Utility Services’ project manager, explains, "We examined a number of different vehicle manufacturers prior to selecting Citroen vans for a major fleet replacement programme. Our selection decision was based on their suitability for our operation, proven reliability and excellent value for money."
These vehicles will be allocated to Integra Utility Services’ technicians engaged in the installation of domestic and commercial water meters within the Midlands and surrounding areas. To suit this role the Berlingos and Relays are supplied with ply-linings and have full bulkheads together with towbars and beacons on the Relays.
In service with Integra Utility Services the Citroen vans will each cover up to 62,500 miles within a 30 month period on full maintenance Vardy Contract Motoring contract hire agreements.Published 14 November 2002