Lex Autolease has supplied a new fleet of 228 bespoke Vauxhall vans to pest control firm MPCL.

Formerly a division of Mitie, and now under new management, MPCL needed an entire fleet refresh as quickly as possible, and this has been completed inside three months.

The Vauxhall Cargo Combo was chosen for most of the fleet, with 190 ordered, while the remaining 38 were made up of larger Vauxhall Vivaros and Movanos.

Various vehicle fit-outs were needed for different functions, including vans used to carry specially-trained dogs for detecting rodents.

The conversion requirements were agreed with help from one of Lex’s commercial vehicle managers, who advised on racking, ply-lining, tracking, speed limiting and a new tilting roof system for safe loading at height.

Lex then coordinated the suppliers on the project and worked with dealer Greenhous Fleet to deliver completed vehicles at a rate of 10 per day.

Lex corporate business development manager Paul Gauntlett said: “This was one order where time was of the essence, so it was vital that we moved quickly, in partnership with the customer, to build a brand new fleet from scratch.

“MPCL’s technicians work nationwide and can cover long distances in a single shift, which meant that diesel was the most practical, cost-effective fuel type for the job. 

“As well as being ideally suited to motorway travel, the vans we provided all meet the Euro 6 emissions standard, making them eligible for free entry to restricted areas such as London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone.”

MPCL managing director David Wareing said: “Lex Autolease showed a fantastic understanding of our fleet requirements and moved quickly to deliver exactly what we needed without any interruption to our operations.

“Our specialist technicians have specific needs from their vehicles, and Lex Autolease co-ordinated a range of suppliers on our behalf to deliver against them.  Everything was covered on a single order and there was just one bill to pay at the end.

“We now have an efficient, effective and compliant fleet that will serve us well for years to come.”