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Cabinet to consider Fleet Management report

Published: 16/05/2016

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will consider a report recommending a change to the management of the County’s fleet of vehicles when it meets next week. The report recommends that a 7-year contract be awarded to Essential Fleet Services (EFS) to supply, manage and maintain the entire vehicle fleet, while retaining the in-house workshop staff who will carry out the maintenance activities on behalf of the contractor. This recommendation comes on the back of an extensive consultation period and after an extended tender period that allowed the Council to work with the company on a number of issues to ensure the best deal was achieved. This is another example of Flintshire County Council being as efficient and modern in its working practices as possible to save money to protect “front line” services. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Bernie Attridge, said: “There are a number of benefits for the Council, not least that the cumulative savings over the seven years of the contract which are in excess of £2.5m. We will be working with a partner with experience and expertise in the procurement and maintenance of large fleets for both the public and private sectors, with over 70 clients across the UK. They will also offer training and development, and share best practice experience of running workshops efficiently with our staff. This is a ‘one stop shop’ solution for fleet provision and maintenance, freeing up internal resource and reducing administration and associated costs.” The contract is designed to prioritise the development of business opportunities within the local area, and make best use of local suppliers and services.