ALD Automotive Signs Three Year Kwik-Fit Fleet Contract
ALD Automotive is furthering its relationship with Kwik-Fit Fleet through the signing of a three-year tyre and fast-fit management services contract. The relationship between Kwik-Fit Fleet and the contract hire and leasing company, which operates a fleet of more than 47,000 vehicles, dates back four years, and the new deal extends to the end of 2011. The contract gives ALD Automotive company car and van drivers access to Kwik-Fit’s UK network of 670 centres and more than 200 mobile units.
Additional services supplied include a 24/7 service through Kwik-Fit’s Fleet Service Centre and access to vehicle tyre safety checks undertaken by Kwik-Fit Mobile technicians in company car parks. The tyre safety checks, which will identify under or over inflated tyres and those with tread deficiencies, are one of the key components of DriveSafe, ALD Automotive’s suite of risk management initiatives designed to provide employers with practical and cost effective solutions for staff who drive on business. The checks are, however, also available as a standalone service.
“Minimum vehicle downtime is essential for all fleets and the service provided by Kwik-Fit Fleet to our customers to-date has helped to maximise operating efficiencies,” commented Nigel Fletcher, deputy managing director, ALD Automotive. “Meanwhile, ensuring tyres meet the legal requirement is a vital part of any corporate risk strategy and DriveSafe with the involvement of Kwik-Fit Fleet and our other key partners, will ensure business use vehicles are operated in line with health and safety best practice.”
As part of the deal, ALD Automotive has requested that information on the tread depths of tyres removed, brands and size of tyres fitted, mileage of vehicle at time of replacement and the reason for tyre replacement are all captured by Kwik Fit electronically. The company has also worked with Kwik Fit Fleet to ensure the way the information is captured and stored allows ALD Automotive to populate its internal systems with tyre maintenance history at the push of a button.
Reflecting on the new contract, Mike Wise, head of Kwik-Fit Fleet, said: “Safety and efficiency savings dominate the minds of contract hire and leasing companies and their customers. Like ALD Automotive, Kwik-Fit Fleet has a fundamental focus on helping companies to manage occupational road risk and ensuring budgets remain in check. We are delighted to have signed a new contract with ALD Automotive that takes our business partnership into the next decade.”