M&L Ambulance Service, the UK’s largest private ambulance company, has just signed a three year solus, 600 vehicle supply deal with Citroen. This will see the company take 200 Citroen C5 2.0HDi SX estate cars, Xsara Picasso 2.0HDi SX and C8 2.0HDi LX people carriers, Xsara 2.0HDi hatchbacks and specially converted Dispatch 900 and New Look Relay 1800 2.2HDi and 2.8HDi vans every year.
Michael Byrne, M&L Ambulance Service’s managing director, comments, "We have bought and operated several hundred Citroen vehicles in the past few years. Our operational experience has shown that Citroens are very reliable and cost effective with low whole life costs. Supplying dealer Citroen City also provides the level of aftersales service required to meet the needs of our 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year operation. These factors have led us to standardise on Citroens for the next three years."
All the new Citroen cars and vans, which are being bought from Citroen City, east London, are suitably modified. For instance, dependent on their operation, the Dispatch and New Look Relay vans are equipped with a full range of medical equipment, have ramps for wheelchairs and can carry stretchers. M&L Ambulance Service will keep its new Citroens for up to five years or 85,000 miles, whichever comes first.
M&L Ambulance Service is expanding fast and has just moved into a modern headquarters in east London. Currently the company has a fleet of over 600 vehicles. The new Citroens will be involved in all aspects of M&L Ambulance Service’s operations, including patient transfers, emergency patient transfers, specialist transfers, organ retrieval and transplant services. In addition, M&L Ambulance Service is also able to handle the supply of ambulance back-up for a wide range of exhibitions, concerts, sporting events and the like.
The company provides ambulance services for National Health Service hospital trusts, private hospitals and clinics and other organisations throughout the UK and Ireland. In addition to its London headquarters, M&L Ambulance Service has offices in Kent, Wales and Ireland.Published 4 August 2003