A five-year contract for the supply of standard and specialist vehicles has been awarded to SHB Hire Ltd by Slough Borough Council.
In excess of 40 vehicles will be supplied by SHB following their successful tender. SHB’s nearby West Drayton depot will maintain the fleet of Sweepers, Gully Emptiers, lining trailers, graffiti trailers, a number of HGVs and LCVs.
Slough Borough Council believes the fleet renewal programme will allow them to operate newer, cleaner vehicles, supporting their carbon reduction targets as specified in their Climate Change Strategy. The new service is scheduled to start in December.
Councillor Fiza Matloob, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We needed to procure a whole fleet of vehicles which served our aim of improving the environment of Slough for our residents.”
The Council states the vehicles, which will be based at the boroughs Chalvey depot, will be used for a variety of purposes across the Borough and should help the Authority meet its Highway Asset Management Strategy. The council needed their fleet requirements fulfilled within 18 weeks, according to SHB’s Commercial Director, Nicky Sampson who said:
“This was a challenging task with some of the specialist vehicle types required, however we were able to provide a suitable lead-in solution to the Council. We aim to have the majority of vehicles delivered by the end of November.”
Moving forward, Slough Borough Council believe they will benefit from the brand new fleet of vehicles supplied to suit their specification and operational requirements. As part of the contract with SHB, operators will be provided with formal operative training and familiarisation training to further enhance their procedures across the Borough.