Lex Autolease builds custom fleet for pest control business

Lex Autolease has provided a new fleet of 228 vehicles to pest control business MPCL.

The new fleet of bespoke vans were delivered within three months of commission.

MPCL managing director David Wareing said: “Our specialist technicians have specific needs from their vehicles, and Lex Autolease co-ordinated a range of suppliers on our behalf to deliver against them.  Everything was covered on a single order and there was just one bill to pay at the end.

“We now have an efficient, effective and compliant fleet that will serve us well for years to come.”

Formerly Mitie’s pest control division and now under new management, MPCL turned to Lex Autolease when it moved to refresh its entire van fleet as quickly as possible.

Its requirements were diverse, with varied fit-outs for different functions, including vans used to carry specially-trained dogs for detecting rodents.

The Vauxhall Combo Cargo was identified as the base vehicle best-suited to most applications and Lex Autolease ordered 190 of the vans straight away, along with 38 of the larger Vauxhall Vivaro and Movano models.

MPCL’s specific conversion requirements were finalised with expert input from one of Lex Autolease’s commercial vehicle managers, who completed a site visit to advise on racking, ply-lining, tracking, speed limiting and a new tilting roof system for safe loading at height. 

The team from Lex Autolease then co-ordinated all the suppliers on the project, working with West Midlands-based dealer Greenhous Fleet to set up a high-speed production line that delivered 10 completed vehicles every day.

Paul Gauntlett, corporate business development manager at Lex Autolease, said: “This was one order where time was of the essence, so it was vital that we moved quickly, in partnership with the customer, to build a brand new fleet from scratch.

“MPCL’s technicians work nationwide and can cover long distances in a single shift, which meant that diesel was the most practical, cost-effective fuel type for the job.  As well as being ideally-suited to motorway travel, the vans we provided all meet the Euro 6 emissions standard, making them eligible for free entry to restricted areas such as London’s new Ultra-Low Emission Zone.”

MPCL provides pest control across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and has a wide range of customers in both the commercial and public sectors. 

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