Express home delivery provider Breezemount has turned to Enterprise Flex-E-Rent and Bevan Group bodywork for the latest additions to its fleet of 250 trucks and vans.
The 24 new DAF 7.5-tonne vehicles are equipped with DriveCam front- and cab-facing safety cameras and have been assigned to Breezemount’s contract with a leading furniture retailer, which has grown by 35% over the past two years.
Backbone of the operation are 95 vehicles – a combination of 7.5-tonne and 12-tonne DAF chassis with Bevan box bodies – which have been on hire from Enterprise since 2012.
The remaining two dozen trucks on Breezemount’s core fleet had previously been sourced from another provider, which also built their bodies. Breezemount's recent decision to send back and replace them with its first Euro VI vehicles, supplied by Enterprise and built by Bevan, means that for the first time the two partners can lay claim to 100% of their customer’s fleet at 7.5 tonnes and above.
Graham Brooks, head of fleet at Breezemount, said: “Our latest order means that having previously provided the majority of our trucks, Enterprise Flex-E-Rent is now responsible for the entire contract hire fleet. We enjoy an excellent relationship with its team, who have proved flexible and responsive to changing levels of demand within our business.
“We have worked closely with Enterprise to understand and manage risk and increase safety, while also restricting our operational costs, with minor changes to standard specification such as ‘unbreakable’ mirrors.
“The quality and durability of the vehicle bodies is a key component in this – the construction of our Bevan boxes has proved to be markedly superior to those by the other supplier we were using previously, and this has translated into lower costs and reduced downtime.
“Bevan has also enhanced the body specification for our new vehicles, incorporating additional measures to protect against damage, particularly of the corner cappings
“Given the seven days a week nature of our operation, maximising vehicle utilisation is crucial and we also benefit from timely and efficient product back-up. The truck bodies and tail-lifts are maintained and repaired at our locations by Bevan Aftercare’s mobile technicians. They provide a first-class service, while from our point of view the liaison between Enterprise and Bevan is seamless.”