The executive agency responsible for the government’s commercial and procurement activity provides a number of services that indicate the demand from local authorities for commercial vehicles.
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has a range of lots for vehicle lease and fleet management which covers purchase and leasing of options including passenger, and light commercial vehicles, right through to heavy and specialist commercial vehicles, weighing 7.5 tonnes and above.
In terms of commercial fleet options for local authorities, there is a need for waste management solutions – with environmentally friendly choices being pushed – but there is a mixture; those councils that purchase their fleet outright, and those who contract out the use of vehicles, and use the solutions that contractors provide.
The number of commercial vehicles in the fleets of local authorities has waned in recent years; less than three years ago, research suggested that UK councils were operating less than 50,000 cars and light commercial vehicles.
It was done as authorities explored further ways to save money in the face of tightening margins.
As we have seen recently though, there is a need for street cleaning vehicles, as well as waste management, and councils will still look for these.
If they are not buying, it suggests there is a trend in outsourcing, where the expertise of fleet companies, can provide best practice for local authorities, leading to cleaner and more efficient towns and cities.
CCS allow third parties like leasing and fleet management companies to operate in this market with councils, but insist on fleet framework terms being used that can guarantee a favourable price for these clients when vehicles are purchased or leased.
By this method, councils can buy a wide range of commercial vehicles including refuse collection vehicles, buses, and coaches.
CCS currently has three lots for commercial vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes, those that are 3.5 tonnes or above; and fleet management services.
These lots run until May 2019, and list the suppliers of the different types and sizes of commercial vehicles.