Ryder has supplied new customer Salisbury Linen Services (SLS) with a range of DAF vehicles under a lease hire deal to meet the firm’s health service delivery requirements.
The new DAF LF 150 vehicles are being used to deliver laundry, including bed linen and hospital scrubs, to almost 70 different NHS and health care providers across the South East, averaging 40 drops a day.
Ryder has supplied a mix of 12-tonne and 18-tonne box rigid DAFs to SLS, which is part of the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
SLS is able to have its new Ryder vehicles maintained and serviced by Brewers – a Ryder-approved maintenance provider – reducing unnecessary downtime from having to travel further afield for vehicle maintenance.
All of SLS’s linen is manoeuvred by cage, so Ryder has provided lock rails inside the trucks to secure the loads, along with a full vehicle livery and built-in vehicle telematics from Microlise.
Another key factor in SLS choosing Ryder for its fleet upgrade was the addition of solar technology from Ryder partner Trailar, that is fitted to the roof and connected to the vehicle’s battery.
The harvested solar energy is used to power a range of on-board ancillaries including tail lifts, thus helping to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Anthony Proctor, operations manager at SLS said: “A lot of providers are very rigid and one-dimensional with terms & conditions, whereas Ryder listened to our needs and came up with a contract that suited us perfectly.”