Toyota Hiace Best In Breed For Newcastle's Dog Wardens - Continued | Part Two

The Hiace’s tailgate proved another selling point for the council as it provides shelter from the elements when loading and unloading the animals.

"Where Pinkstones is concerned, we were impressed by the personal service, the clear understanding of our detailed requirements and the enthusiasm to find the right solution," said Mr Beardmore. "They also provided the most competitive quote in terms of support and service."

Vehicle contracts have been written by Motiva Vehicle Contracts Ltd of Stoke-on-Trent and the specialised conversion work has also been undertaken in the local area.

"We are delighted that the council has come back to Toyota after trying other vehicles," said Pinkstones Fleet Sales Manager Martyn Davies. By choosing the Hiace, it has been able to enjoy the benefits of a larger vehicle and achieve a financial saving, too. We hope that the dogs will appreciate the great space inside the Hiace, too."

Newcastle’s dog wardens are kept busy rounding up strays from a local canine population of around 15,000 animals. They also deal with many of the 500 or so dog-related complaints the council receives each year.

Published 14 January 2003 Melanie Carter

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