CV lessor Fraikin has been chosen by office stationery and
supplies company Lyreco to supply 48 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 511
panel vans.

The order, with deliveries spread across 2009, will see Fraikin
increase its share to more than 90 percent of Lyreco’s 395-strong
fleet.

The lessor said that each of the new vehicles is being supplied
on a mixture of four and five year full service contract hire
agreements, which are controlled centrally via Fraikin’s dedicated
customer service centre in Coventry.

Tom Vallings, logistics supervisor at Lyreco, said: “When it
comes to contract hire, vans are either lumped in with cars or
trucks, and since more than 60 per cent of our vans are fitted with
tachographs and plated between 4.5 and 5.5 tonnes, we favoured a
provider with experience at the heavier end of the market.”

Each contract hire agreement comprises full servicing,
maintenance, repair and MOTs, carried out during evenings and
weekends, with collection and delivery of the vehicle to and from
the workshop.

Lyreco will further benefit from the “Eco-Start” technology used
in the new vans, which is said to save up to 10 per cent in fuel on
a typical urban distribution cycle, and a substitute vehicle policy
– so that in the event of a vehicle breakdown, Fraikin will
immediately provide a substitute vehicle to ensure Lyreco can
continue its deliveries without delay.

Antonio Fabrizio