Vehicle rental company Europcar has created a fleet of Chapter 8 compliant light commercial vehicles.
Chapter 8 specifies the colour and reflective markings needed for vehicles that carry out roadside inspections or work on public highways.
Although Chapter 8 is not yet mandatory by law, many highway organisations – including the RAC, AA and Highways England – have adopted the guidelines as best practice. According to Europcar, some companies will only allow Chapter 8 compliant vehicles to work on their sites.
“Understanding this requirement, we wanted to give our customers a cost-effective solution that means they can book Chapter 8 compliant vehicles whenever they need them – indeed we can deliver to anywhere in the UK with as little as four hours notice,” said Stuart Russell, van fleet specialist at Europcar UK.
“Unlike other rental providers, our customers don’t have to pre-order these vehicles or commit to specific volumes. We have also created a network of six Supersites across the UK, offering nationwide access to these vans,” said Russell.
Europcar branches offering Chapter 8 vans include the Europcar Mobility Centre at London ExCeL, London Park Royal, Newport, Gateshead, Nottingham and Birmingham East. Deliveries within 50 miles of these locations can be fulfilled within four working hours, according to Europcar. Deliveries outside the 50-mile radius will be completed within eight hours, the rental firm claimed.