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Time to check out latest-gen racking, says Arval

The new generation of commercial vehicle racking could help fleets cut costs and increase productivity.

Eddie Parker, commercial vehicle manager at Arval.

So says Arval, which is highlighting the latest designs are lighter in weight, safer, more practical and are easier to refit for ‘second life’ use.

In line with its consultancy service, the leasing and fleet management company has worked with a number of racking specialists in recent years to learn as much as possible about the options available and says it has found a complete rethink on racking in recent years.

Eddie Parker, commercial vehicle manager, explained: “Modern materials are much safer in the event of an accident, are lighter in use so don’t detract from payload weight, and allow a much more streamlined, job-centred approach.”

He added that, while new racking represented a significant investment, it was likely to prove to be a good purchase over the operational life of the vehicle.

“Because new racking is lighter and better designed, you are likely to make savings in areas ranging from fuel to tyre wear while your vans will also be more productive in use.

“Crucially, if you invest in good quality racking, it can very often be used in a ‘second life’ where it is transferred to a new vehicle after its original fitment is de-fleeted. We have fleets that successfully transfer racking to second and even third vehicles.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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