Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is supplying 100 of its new T6.1 Transporter vans to London-based Pimlico Plumbers in the renewal of a longstanding fleet deal.

Purchased through VWCV dealership SMG Croydon, the vans feature Pimlico’s livery and bespoke conversions including Fleet Shield roof racks, an on-call light box, Track Vine Telematics for fleet, a wash basin and new vehicle racking. The vans are being delivered over the coming months in batches of eight to 10.

According to the plumbing company the deal means its entire fleet of 350 vans will be fully compliant with the latest ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) restrictions in London. It claims this will save the business over £330,000 each year on emissions charges, based on the £12.50 daily week day ULEZ tariff.

Under Transport for London (TfL) regulations, vehicles allowed within the ULEZ zone include small vans (weighing up to 1.2-tonnes), larger vans, 4×4 light utility vehicles and pick-ups (over 1.2-tonnes unladen weight up to 3.5-tonnes gross vehicle weight). Any petrol vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standard or diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6 standards incur the charge.

Claire English, Head of Fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Services, said: “As part of our Working With You brand promise, we strive to tailor our vans to customers’ bespoke requirements to ensure they can carry out their work as efficiently and comfortably as possible. We have worked carefully with Pimlico Plumbers to convert this fleet of vans to fit their exact needs including roof racks, fleet telematics and a wash basin in the back of each van.”   

Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers, which has used VWCV vans for more than three decades, said: “With the updated congestion and ULEZ restrictions, and as a business that is constantly on the move, it is crucial that we have reliable vans that fit with all of the latest regulations so this new fleet of vans works perfectly for us.”