Fleetcare breaks the 3,000 R&M assets barrier03 March 2010

TIP FleetCare now has more than 3,000 assets under R&M contract in the UK and Ireland – making it one of TIP Trailer Services' fastest growing division.

Karl Davies, services and marketing director at TIP, says the business unit grew by 11% last year, reflecting demand for its network of 12 workshops and mobile service operations across the UK.

He also cites TIP's VOSA designated servicing lanes, now available at its depots in Leeds, Manchester, Nuneaton, Bristol, Felixstowe and Knottingley – four of which also have truck and trailer washes.

Says Davies: "In 2009, not only did we invest in these new facilities and services to improve the FleetCare offering, but we also invested in additional headcount. We currently have 40 mobile service vans, as well as 100-plus technicians – which makes TIP unique in the UK in terms of being able to offer in-house national service support."

And he adds: "Our apprenticeship scheme is now in its second year, which represents another significant investment in the future."

One of the reasons for its growth is probably also TIP's stepped payment plan, which is bound to appeal to operators in more cash strapped times. Another is its range of services, which cover tyres, running gear, tail lifts and regulatory inspections for entire fleets, including ATP, ADR and TIR.

Brian Tinham

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