Royal Mail Fleet open for business

The Royal Mail Fleet division is to open its UK wide network of vehicle repair and servicing workshops to other fleet customers.

This move follows from a pilot that was run across 20 workshops around the UK during the last 15 months.

The division of Royal Mail has one of the largest vehicle workshop networks in the UK. There are more than 110 locations between Inverness and Redruth as well as more than 1000 vehicle technicians employed through the network.

Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet director, said: “We believe that the time is right for Royal Mail Fleet to open up its extensive network of workshops to other commercial customers. Fleet operators have already told us that they want a provider with national coverage and a true one-stop-shop capability for commercially critical fleets from a name they can trust.”

Royal Mail Fleet will be offering: a “one-stop-shop” from cars to HGVs including hydraulics, tail lifts and power testing; 110 locations nationwide; 40 mobile service technicians; more than 50 locations capable of maintaining HGVs; and over 20 locations equipped with double-deck trailer maintenance capability.

Apex Insight has recently reported how major clients such as BT and British Gas have indicated interest in using the network, so cutting costs for them by using something a resource owned by Royal Mail that is underused by the postal operator. Whether this is core to its business is debatable yet it does monetise a division that has traditionally spent rather than earned money for the delivery giant.

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