Glasgow-based automotive niche specialist Allied Vehicles says it expects to treble its hire division turnover in the next 18 months.
The expansion in wheelchair and adapted vehicle rentals, provided through the company’s Allied Mobility brand, follows the award of the UK-wide replacement vehicles contract for Motability Operations over the next three years.
Motability Operations, which runs the Motability Car Scheme, is the largest fleet operator in Europe. The not-for-profit company offers customers suitable and affordable cars through contract hire, paid for through their disability allowance.
Motability’s lease package includes a ‘worry free’ commitment, meaning that alternative mobility solutions are agreed with the customer whenever their car is off the road for a significant period of time.
Allied Mobility, already the UK’s largest wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) manufacturer, is contracted to be the sole supplier of temporary-cover accessible vehicles on behalf of Motability Operations until February 2016.
Sales Director, Peter Facenna, commented: “Our dedicated hire team offers customers a short-term accessible rental solution when they need a vehicle for a limited period. This can range from WAV hire to hiring standard cars with special adaptations for disabled drivers or passengers.
“With Motability, our job is to help ensure continuity for Motability customers whilst their vehicle is unavailable, for example due to repairs.”
Facenna adds: “Three years ago we were successful in winning a share of Motability’s temporary-cover vehicle requirements. Securing the whole of the UK for the next three years is a major vote of confidence in our ability to meet the needs of this very specialist market.
“We have increased our rental division to support the needs of this new contract win, adding 45 more vehicles to our existing fleet of 125 accessible hire vehicles. Over the three years, we expect to be servicing approximately 5,000 Motability hires, amounting to more than 90,000 hire days in total.”
Allied also expects to leverage further rental growth from private families and individuals, local authorities and community transport providers. Hire division turnover is projected to grow from £638,000 last year to more than £2 million in 2013-14.