Close Brothers Vehicle Hire (CBVH) has opened a depot in Thurnscoe near Doncaster to provide 24/7 rentals of trucks and vans.

A standing fleet of 25 trucks and 15 vans from a range of manufacturers are on site with a further 200 vehicles being held within its network. They can be on site within hours if needed, with tractor units, rigid trucks and medium- and long-wheelbase vans available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As well as truck rental, other services including driver hire and warehousing are available at the site via partnerships with Talstaff and Stanton Logistics. These services look to meet the last minute and out-of-hours needs of operators.

CBVH operates a similar 24/7 site at Stanton by Dale, near Derby, which has proved popular, prompting the contract hire specialist to expand its reach north to cover cities including Wakefield, Leeds and Sheffield.

The Thurnscoe site is also the base for Stanton Logistics and Talstaff Recruitment, which will provide support to CBVH’s customers with warehousing and additional driver services.

Stanton Logistics MD Chris Mcginley said: “CBVH has worked closely with Stanton Logistics for a number of years and that relationship has given our business the confidence to expand. Having CBVH on site strengthens our offering to customers, as well as theirs, by providing additional vehicles from CBVH and drivers at short notice with the assistance of our sister company Talstaff. We are excited about this venture.”

CBVH sales director Richard Gosling said: “Our customers require the ability to operate 24/7 and we have the solution for them. By having an account with CBVH our customers can access our CV fleet when they need them, not when the rental company chooses to open.

“All our vehicles are fitted with telemetry so we can offer visibility to our customers and we know the exact locations of all our vehicles. The partnership with Stanton Logistics allows us to offer a second-to-none service when it is most needed.”

It is hoped the Doncaster site will become a one-stop-shop for operators. While CBVH account holders are able to access the vehicles almost immediately once the booking is confirmed by their account managers, Gosling believes the 24-hour model could be the beginning of a more flexible and convenient approach to spot hire.

“We are looking more into technology and systems used in other markets that could be used in the CV rental world,” he said.

  • Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and ITN have produced a short video about how Close Brothers Asset Management can working with operators to support and improve their business.