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National Windscreens’ £10m investment to renew and grow fleet

National Windscreens is renewing and growing its fleet of vehicles for technicians and staff as part of a £10 million investment over four years, it has announced.

As part of the investment, 158 new 2021 model year vans, mainly Ford Transit Custom and Vauxhall Movano vehicles, will be added to the fleet over next few months.

National Windscreens said the new vehicles will have cleaner engines, factory-fitted safety features and specialist windscreen repair and replacement equipment.

The refresh of the company fleet will enable it to maximise uptime with fewer breakdowns, said National Windscreens.

“Time on the road is a critical measure for us in our mission to serve the fleet industry. Our job is to keep these key vehicles on the road, and bring them back into service safely and quickly,” said Mark Payne, National Windscreens’ regional managing director.

“With the investment in new vehicles for our own technicians and staff, we’re able to maintain a much more reliable service, and if we’re on the road more reliably, then so are our customers.”

The new vans feature monitoring equipment including dash cameras, repair and replacement tools such as canopies so that work can be carried out in inclement weather, onboard racking to securely carry new glass, and inverters to provide a 240V supply to power technicians’ tools.

Vauxhall recently introduced Griffin Edition trim levels across its Combo, Vivaro and Movano vans, offering high levels of specification.

The company said it is making plans to move to an all-electric car fleet for its non-fitting staff.

Nicky Coetsee, regional director and general manager at National Windscreens, said: “The latest cohort of vehicles feature Euro 6-certified engines which are cleaner to run than ever before, but we are constantly evaluating the market and the infrastructure available to pinpoint the right time to make the switch to electric powertrains for our fitting vehicles.

“We have already made this change to electric power with our non-fitting staff vehicles, with 47 of these now either hybrid or fully electric.”

Fleet News Awards + Commercial Fleet Awards 2021

The Fleet News Awards is moving to a new date for 2021.

Traditionally held in March, next year the awards night moves to June 29 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. It will also for the first time incorporate the Commercial Fleet Awards to create an unparalleled celebration that honours and recognises excellence across every part of the fleet sector.

Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Fleet News, said: “With the industry in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had a chance to reflect and review our awards proposition for 2021. While going virtual is an option, and one we are very excited about with our Fleet & Mobility Live show in November, we believe that an awards evening is also a networking evening and a chance to meet old friends and make new acquaintances in a relaxed environment.

“For many guests, it’s their industry highlight of the year. That’s why we decided to move the date to give us a better chance of being live at the Grosvenor House.”

Fleet News Awards 2021, incorporating Commercial Fleet Awards, will offer a unique opportunity to bring together the entire fleet sector to celebrate and honour the best people, companies and vehicles.

It is set to become the biggest and most important night in fleet. Further details about awards categories, judges and auditing will be released in January when Fleet News officially launches the Fleet News Awards 2021.

If you can’t wait until then, and want to know more, please email sandra.evitt@bauermedia.co.uk.

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