The firm is planning to invest a total £3.5m on 350 Peugeot Partner vans, which will see around 60% of the current GSF van fleet renewed across its network of 65 branches this year. Deliveries will be coordinated by the manufacturer-owned Robins & Day dealership on a branch-by-branch basis from its Edgware centre.
The firm’s Birmingham head office has deployed the initial 12 vans to replace local delivery vehicles over four years old.
Every van has been fitted with RoadHawk DC-2 dash cams and reversing sensors to help reduce insurance claims, cut repair costs and promote safe driving. They are supplied fully liveried by Sign Language and are ply-lined. The vehicles are being financed through Zenith and will be serviced and maintained through a bespoke national repairer network of GSF customers, using parts supplied by the business.
To enhance levels of support, the management of the GSF fleet is being transferred into The Parts Alliance Group’s fleet team, under Steve Evans, group fleet manager and Tony Shearer, branch operational services director.
“This is a major investment that will bring the GSF van fleet into line with our fleet policy for the rest of the group,” said Tony Shearer. “We generally work on a four to five year and 150,000-mile replacement cycle.”
“We’re delighted that GSF will now have one of the best fleets in our industry,” said Dave Lewis, operations director at GSF Car Parts. “It’s a great boost to morale, productivity and of course the image of our business out at customer level.”