Environmental factors influence van selection

Vans and light vehicles have an important role to play across the environmental services and waste management sectors. An important advantage, in environmental and tax terms, is the vehicle's ability to run on alternative fuels.

The capability to convert to LPG, for example, proved a plus point for P H Jones, a commercial plumbing business covering the whole of the UK, from its head office near Chester.

Peugeot is supplying the company with 75 Partner vans worth £660,000. P H Jones has a total fleet of 300 vehicles, but needed a practical solution for transporting all the necessary equipment for its larger plumbing jobs, as well as a vehicle that comfortable to drive and economical to run. Due to tax benefits, the Chester based firm also wanted a fleet of vehicles which could be converted easily to run on LPG. Commenting on factors that influenced the choice of a Peugeot Partner, Don Hankey, a Director at P H Jones, said: "Due to the nature of our business, many of our clients are based in large cities, many of which could shortly be introducing congestion charging. By converting to LPG we obviously avoid these charges. Also, when we are tendering for new business, many local authorities look to employ companies which can demonstrate a commitment to being more environmentally friendly. Again, the Partner with its conversion offers us this competitive edge," he added.

The Partner vans have been converted to LPG by Autogas based in Wolverhampton.



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