Ssangyong has supplied 32 of its Musso pick-up trucks to Highways England.

The vehicles, for use in maintenance work, have been modified by Babcock International to meet Highways England’s requirements, including a hi-vis orange and yellow livery, 360-degree lighting including a roof-mounted lightbar, and Chapter 8 compliance.

The partnership is said to have arisen from Ssangyong’s success as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Services vehicle purchase framework, which offers government agencies including UK fire services, ambulance trusts and police forces Ssangyong vehicles.

Ssangyong UK managing director Nick Laird said: “We are delighted to supply 32 vehicles to Highways England – it is a huge achievement for Ssangyong to be recognised for its cost-effective, versatile and reliable products, especially from such a high-profile and credible organisation.

“Our business introduced a fleet strategy 12-months ago with a focus on public sector, utilities and operational fleets – it’s an area which, with our product line-up and company structure, we can compete successfully, offer flexibility, and really add value.

“This is the start of a great working relationship with Highways England.”

Highways England executive director of operations Nick Harris said: “This contract will help us maintain our network and provide a good service to road users, contributing to our key imperatives of safety, customer service, and delivery.

“It is important that vehicles we use are cost-effective,  reliable and versatile – the Ssangyong Musso will be a valuable addition to our fleet.”