UK fleet management provider Lex Autolease has delivered a 228-strong fleet of vans to pest control business MPCL.

Formerly Mitie’s pest control division and now under new management, MPCL turned to Lex Autolease which as delivered the vans over the course of three months. MPCL requirements were varied fit-outs for different functions, including vans used to carry specially-trained dogs for detecting rodents.

The Vauxhall Combo Cargo was identified as the base vehicle best-suited to most applications and Lex Autolease ordered 190 of the vans along with 38 of the larger Vauxhall Vivaro and Movano models.

MPCL’s specific conversion requirements were finalised with input from one of Lex Autolease’s commercial vehicle managers, who completed a site visit to advise on racking, ply-lining, tracking, speed limiting and a new tilting roof system for safe loading at height.

The team from Lex Autolease then co-ordinated all the suppliers on the project, working with West Midlands-based dealer Greenhous Fleet to set up a hproduction line that delivered 10 completed vehicles per day.

Paul Gauntlett, corporate business development manager at Lex Autolease, said: “This was one order where time was of the essence, so it was vital that we moved quickly, in partnership with the customer, to build a brand new fleet from scratch.

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“MPCL’s technicians work nationwide and can cover long distances in a single shift, which meant that diesel was the most practical, cost-effective fuel type for the job. As well as being ideally-suited to motorway travel, the vans we provided all meet the Euro 6 emissions standard, making them eligible for free entry to restricted areas such as London’s new Ultra-Low Emission Zone.”

MPCL provides pest control across the UK and has a wide range of customers in both the commercial and public sectors.

MPCL managing director, David Wareing said: “Lex Autolease showed a fantastic understanding of our fleet requirements and moved quickly to deliver exactly what we needed without any interruption to our operations.

“Our specialist technicians have specific needs from their vehicles, and Lex Autolease co-ordinated a range of suppliers on our behalf to deliver against them. Everything was covered on a single order and there was just one bill to pay at the end.”

A recent Lex Autolease study has shown that the proportion of fleet drivers incurring fines and penalties for minor offences increased by over a fifth (22.7%) in 2018 compared with 2017.