Ten Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI welfare vans have joined the A-Plant rental fleet.
Supplied by North-West Dealer Roanza and converted by Oughtred & Harrison, of Goole, Humberside, for operation as welfare vehicles, A-Plant has a further 20, identical units on order.
A-Plant has over 130 Service Centres throughout the UK. It is the first time that welfare vans have featured within its vast portfolio of non-operated equipment, which ranges from accommodation units, cement mixers and compressors, to excavators, power tools and scissor lifts.
The new vehicles are designed to serve as refuges in which site operatives, many of whom may be working in remote areas, far away from any recognised amenities, can take breaks
The Medium-length, high-roofed 313 CDIs are additionally fitted with high-visibility reflective strips and roof-mounted beacons front and rear, reversing cameras, and battery guards to ensure against any power loss – extra batteries have been installed to run the ancillaries.
A-Plant’s district sales director Jason McNally explained demand is likely to be high. “We already have confirmed orders for every one of these new vehicles, and the feedback we’ve had from the first customers has been very positive.
“A lot of operators drive onto our yards in these vehicles and we thought, ‘Why can’t we provide the welfare facilities ourselves?’ By adding this extra string to its bow, A-Plant is once again demonstrating its flexibility and commitment to customer service.”
He continued: “We asked a lot of users which chassis they preferred, and received the same answer every time: the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It’s a top-quality vehicle that promises a highly competitive cost of ownership.”
Shaun Winstanley, A-Plant’s director of transport services, is responsible for some 850 vans, as well as 300 trucks and 350 cars. He said: “We’ll be benchmarking these new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters against our established supplier’s vehicles, and the after sales back-up will be crucial.”