After a review of its company car policy, Ordnance Survey has chosen Peugeot as one of three manufacturers to supply its fleet.
Ordnance Survey is the national mapping agency of Great Britain, responsible for maintaining and updating the national archive. It required vehicles large enough for surveyors to transport their specialist equipment. Surveyors now have the choice of three benchmark vehicles, including the ‘fit for purpose’ Peugeot 307 SW with its spacious interior, which can be easily adapted to either seat up to seven people, or the rear seats can be folded or removed to carry specialist equipment. The 2.0 litre HDi turbodiesel 90bhp S model has been chosen because of its excellent fuel economy and performance.
Caroline De la Cour, transport manager at Ordnance Survey said: "Our data collection survey management and support staff are responsible for updating and maintaining the definitive map of Great Britain. With up to 5,000 changes made to the central database every day, our staff travel literally thousands of miles a year to ensure the data is as accurate and current as possible.
"To enable a fast turnaround in data checking, an Ordnance Survey surveyor’s vehicle is virtually a mobile office carrying everything from state of the art global positioning system (GPS) kits to protective clothing. We needed a range of vehicles that suited their specific needs, met stringent health and safety and environmental standards, and that were also acceptable for private use. Due to the miles travelled it was also important that the vehicles were comfortable to drive as well as being well equipped. The models we have selected meet all these requirements as well as being the best value for money."
The company currently runs a fleet of 300 vehicles under a contract hire arrangement.Published 22 October 2003