Ryder, a leading independent provider of commercial vehicle rental, contract hire, and maintenance services in the UK, is supplying 162 new DAF vehicles to international textile, hygiene and facilities services specialist Elis.

This is the first heavy good vehicle (HGV) order by Elis since it acquired Berendsen, and the new vehicles are being supplied in new Elis livery designed specifically for the UK market. The new vehicles are being phased into the Elis fleet with the final vehicles being supplied in 2020.

The trucks will replace outgoing models and carry out a range of, mostly, laundry delivery collections operating across 38 Elis sites. The new batch of rigid trucks includes latest specification Euro 6 18t DAF CF230s, 15t DAF LF230s, 12t DAF LF180s and 7.5t DAF LF150s.

Ryder was selected for the new contract following a detailed benchmarking exercise and consultation on Elis’ projected fleet and commercial requirements. The vehicles are being supplied on a full contract hire basis with full maintenance, including tail-lift.

The specification of the vehicles includes dedicated versions for use in specific sectors including healthcare, hospitality and workwear, together with multi-use vehicles. Vehicles supporting the hospitality and workwear sectors are specified to carry linen, sheets and towels, and workwear in the form of uniforms, mats, and towels for washrooms. Healthcare vehicles are specified with sanitation units for carrying hospital bed sheets and curtains. The sanitation units are designed to ‘fog’ once sealed, to destroy bacteria. Portable sanitation units are also specified to enable other vehicles to operate in the healthcare sector.

Peter Kelly, Elis Group compliance and fleet manager, said: “We have a longstanding relationship with Ryder and they understand our business and what we are looking for from our vehicle fleet. This is a high-profile contract as it is the first HGV order Elis has made following its acquisition of Berendsen.”