The range of activities addressed by UK local authorities and government agencies is ever-more extensive.

From education and social work to the environment, roads, public transport and countless other service areas, demands placed on public sector fleet managers can be many and varied. Within this overall picture, meeting specialist user needs presents a further dimension to the challenges faced by fleet managers.

Meeting the goals of internal equality strategies and the Equalities Act places particular expectations on fleet capabilities, in terms of ensuring accessibility for service users with reduced mobility. At the same time, service providers can rarely afford the luxury of dedicating specific vehicles to only one category of user. This is why Allied designs all its special purpose vehicles with flexibility built-in, so that they are equally at home collecting a wheelchair user or a group of able-bodied passengers – or both together.

Increasingly we are seeing education and social work departments seeking to downsize from large ‘welfare vans’ to a variety of smaller vehicles. As well as being considerably less conspicuous, this approach can offer significant benefits for users in terms of average journey times and for operators in terms of flexibility and operating costs.

With the UK’s widest choice of accessible cars, people carriers and minibuses, Allied is ideally placed to meet the changing needs of the UK’s hard working public sector fleet operators.

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