Insurance firm Allianz Worldwide Partners UK has added more than 80 Ford Transit Customs to its roadside assistance fleet.

The vans have replaced a previous fleet of Volkswagen Transporter T5 models.

The firm said the Customs’ 3.4t chassis would give the fleet greater capacity, combined with increased internal space in the working area.

The improved storage capabilities mean the vehicles can be equipped with a greater quantity of manufacturer parts, which in turn, will enhance the number of ‘first time repairs’ carried out by vehicle technicians. 

In addition, a special area has been designed for the storage of up to four spare wheels, a facility that Allianz said addressed the move by many manufacturers to provide a tyre repair kit instead of a temporary replacement tyre.

The battery drawer has also been redesigned, and wider drawers provide more tool storage, as well as integrated work top capacity for greater convenience.  There is also enhanced lighting, which will help technicians working after dark.

Allianz technical operations manager Tony Hodges said: “With more room for tools and storage, as well as vital workspace and a dedicated area for spare wheels, our technicians are better equipped than ever.

“This fleet investment is part of our commitment to ensuring we deliver the right support at the roadside, meeting the changing demands of motorists and in turn, building customer loyalty for manufacturers.”