Fleet provider Ryder has begun to deliver 127 vehicles to Safetykleen as part of a contract to run its fleet management and services.

Safetykleen provides parts washing, surface treatment, and chemical application services to the transport and construction sectors, and has 20 UK sites.

The contract requires Ryder to purchase the 127-strong fleet consisting of tractors, rigids, tonners, and vans from the old providers and lease them back to Safetykleen.

Having delivered the first batch of replacement vehicles, Ryder expect full fleet replacement in early 2017.

As part of the agreement, Ryder reviewed the locations and capabilities of Safetykleen’s suppliers to focus on out-of-hours servicing, warranty repairs, and breakdown support.

Ryder agreed to maintain the vehicles when not in use, in partnership with approved maintenance partners.

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Andrew Homes, purchasing director of Safetykleen, said: “The tender and negotiation process with Ryder helped us to review exactly what service we required.

“It became clear that our key requirement was to have our vehicles on the road with as little downtime as possible in order to service our customers.”

Robin White, sales and marketing director at Ryder, said: “Our partnership with Safetykleen highlights both our flexibility and our ability to deliver bespoke services to our customers, and we look forward to continuing our relationship, adapting to any new challenges we may face.”