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Gearing up for success

A Teesside-based hirer of portable site accommodation and secure storage containers has taken delivery of eight new delivery vehicles after investing £1.4m in its industry-leading fleet to increase operational efficiency and customer service.


The innovative and fuel-efficient new trucks, which take Mobile Mini’s fleet to a total of 60, represent a major upgrade to its existing fleet of lorry-mounted loader crane vehicles, the largest of its kind in the UK.


The vehicles, which feature Mobile Mini’s distinctive livery, have been delivered across the Company’s nationwide network of 15 branches this Spring.


The new trucks will be used to ensure the safe, efficient and effective delivery of Mobile Mini’s extensive range of secure storage containers and site accommodation units to its customers, which range from large construction companies to schools, retailers and manufacturers.


Two of the vehicles are fitted with high-spec cranes allowing units to be more easily positioned in built-up areas, with improved lifting capacity making double and triple stacking units easier and safer.


As part of the Company’s commitment to the highest possible safety standards, all new trucks are fitted with the HALO cycle warning system, featuring sensors to alert drivers to bicycles and pedestrians, an audible and visual warning and an in-cab monitor that provides the driver with a 360-degree view. Additionally, LEDs leave a ‘halo’ on the ground to alert cyclists to the truck’s presence in the dark.


Mobile Mini’s Health and Safety Director Chris Watcham said: “As a company, we always look for ways to build on our first-class customer service and excellent safety record, enabling us to be more efficient and serve our customers better. These new trucks allow easy access to otherwise difficult sites, as well as for more accurate placement with improved lifting capability.


“The additional safety features will not only ensure driver safety, but that of other road users and those on delivery sites.”


Mobile Mini’s excellence in logistics has been recognised by the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), an accreditation aimed at driving up standards among commercial vehicle operators throughout the UK, having been awarded the highest honour of a gold standard for five years in a row.


Continuing its commitment to investment, and in an effort to address the shortage of Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers, the firm has also launched a fully-funded Driver Development Programme, allowing it to train its own drivers.


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