Every industry is different, and therefore the vehicles needed can vary significantly in size, purpose and customisation.
Sometimes, highly customised vehicles are required to carry out certain tasks and ensure projects are completed on time, and in these circumstances the need to access them at short notice is paramount.
One key area where specialist vehicles are required is construction, with a variety of extras that can help to increase vehicles’ capabilities and ensure conformity with legal requirements.
Racking, beacons and chapter 8 livery are all commonly requested among these vehicles, and this extends to a range of sectors, including utilities, telecoms and rail.
One Northgate customer required a significant increase in its fleet numbers following the awarding of a new contract that saw employee figures quadruple.
In addition to an increase in the number of vehicles, the company also needed semi cap equipment to help fulfil the various requirements of its engineers – something that was achieved quickly and with minimum downtime due to Northgate’s extensive UK network of vehicles and branches.
Bridging the gap
Ultimately, high-end vehicles help to bridge the gap between the core requirements of a business and the specific needs of certain projects and specialist work. This can range from the addition of beacons and stickering that ensure compliancy with site working, to towbars for pulling generators.
In areas such as traffic management, needs can vary significantly and are often bespoke – a customer may require a dropside, but also need h-frames, LED lights, chapter 8 livery, and fall and rest rails, all the way to health and safety equipment such as handwash units.
Adding all of these to an owned vehicle to create a high-end upgrade can prove expensive and, when spread across an entire fleet, the outlay may even outweigh the benefit of taking on a contract or project requiring the semi-cap.
Regardless of the customer’s specific requirements, Northgate can work out a rate that suits the customer, with no upfront cost and a range of benefits that each provide peace of mind.
As well as having a fully maintained vehicle through an all-inclusive service, maintenance, and repair offering, downtime is minimized; when the vehicle goes off the road, work is able to be carried out at a nationwide network of wholly owned and warranty-approved workshops.
For fleet managers, it helps to take away a degree of pain by enabling them to plan at the start of a new contract and not incur new costs until the contract starts, which would usually be a major cost burden. That would be extremely beneficial for fleet managers who have to worry about so many other parts of the operation.
Most fleet managers are always looking for things that could make their jobs a little bit easier, so these van rentals might be a good idea. Fleet managers could even consider using fleet management solutions to help them track the vehicles and ensure drivers are driving carefully and legally as these vehicles aren’t theirs.
One such software can also help with things like scheduling maintenance, tracking fuel costs, and managing driver safety programs. This can all help to make fleet management easier and more efficient, saving time and money in the long run. For a comprehensive list of benefits offered by such a system in place, interested individuals can check out this fleet management software guide or similar resources available online.
Removing the hassle
Northgate helps to remove the hassle, with a dedicated team that can be consulted about requirements beforehand and answer questions about anything from minimum compliance specification to industry-specific queries, which means customers can hit the ground running on the first day of the contract.
Another boon is that vehicles that already have semi-cap on can be further upgraded to ensure they meet changing requirements and are capable of carrying out tasks.
The range of options and flexibility available means that focus and finances can be diverted to other parts of the business, as Northgate takes away the headache and provides peace of mind.
High end does not need to mean high cost – flexible long-term van rental and leasing can provide transparency over costs and delivery and help to ensure that customer demands are met.
Contact us to find out about flexible and long-term van rental and leasing today.