Over the past six weeks ŠKODA UK’s fleet team has implemented a number of plans to keep new and existing emergency service fleet customers on the road. During this critical time, demand for specially converted vehicles has understandably increased significantly and the fleet team has worked alongside blue light partners to deliver new converted vehicles and ensure maintenance work to existing vehicles is carried out without delay.
In key areas across the UK, where the brand’s emergency service customers have found their fleet short of supply, ŠKODA UK has, where possible, loaned vehicles from its own blue light fleet at no cost, to help plug the gap. The ŠKODA retailer network has been working alongside approved convertors to fulfil new vehicle orders to emergency service customers and deliver these cars earlier than planned.
Specially converted vehicles, including the Superb, Octavia, Karoq and Kodiaq, have been sourced and delivered to emergency service providers across the UK, including the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
As well as the additional support of providing extra vehicles, ŠKODA has ensured aftersales facilities remain open for emergency services and key workers.
Henry Williams, Head of Fleet at ŠKODA UK, said, “Keeping our emergency service customers mobile during this time has been a top priority. We’ve worked hard to ensure they have received uninterrupted access to vehicle maintenance and that there has been no delay in the supply of parts. Thanks to the support and dedication of our convertors and retailers, we have also been able to deliver new vehicles ahead of schedule.”
In addition to its work in the UK, ŠKODA has further utilised its global resources to help during the pandemic. The car manufacturer’s Technical Development department is using its 3D printers to produce parts for certified FFP3 respirators, while other divisions are producing face shields.