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SM UK develops Covid-secure welfare vans

Leeds-based auto engineering and vehicle safety specialist SM UK has developed a fleet of welfare vans, said to be Covid-safe and to provide a secure environment for workers on remote sites.

The vehicles provide bespoke features such as sanitising stations, toilet facilities, a kitchen area and seating

The vehicles are the result of a £200,000 investment and provide bespoke features such as sanitising stations, toilet facilities, a kitchen area and seating. Alongside welfare areas, the new vans will be equipped with SM UK’s roof-mounted solar panel, which helps reduce emissions, oil use and engine wear. Each vehicle will also be fitted with the firm’s Scene Lighting system, which improves safety by brightly illuminating the surrounding area.

SM UK managing director Steve MacDonald said: “There is a growing demand for welfare vans as a result of Covid and this will help us reach new markets, as well as expand our offering to existing clients. Safety is always at the forefront of everything we do, from our crash-tested seats to hand-sanitising stations

“Many of our customers are in the construction industry and these vehicles are valuable assets for sites. They provide a great, Covid-secure base for anyone working in highway maintenance, rail, utilities, remote locations, or for teams working across different sites.”

As well as developing its own fleet, SM UK is also offering conversions for businesses with their own vans.

Steve MacDonald said: “We expanded into bespoke van conversions a few years ago, offering customisable solutions from a single van to a nationwide fleet.

“Now, with the addition of the welfare features, we can install racking, lighting, safety equipment and more while taking into account the van’s uses, allowing us to transform it into exactly what the company needs for business.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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