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Healthcare specialist operator Movianto has taken delivery of 32 Daf CFs in the first stage of a complete fleet refresh over the next 12 months.

The 32 CFs were supplied by Close Brothers Vehicle Hire and will be used to trunk product around Movianto’s UK network as well as completing wholesaler deliveries. The next stage will see the replacement of its rigid fleet, which it primarily uses for hospital deliveries, followed by its van fleet, which it uses for deliveries to pharmacies and GP surgeries.

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David Tinsley, regional vice-president at Movianto, said that the healthcare market across the UK was “changing rapidly” due to a combination of increasingly stringent GDP legislation; pressure on the NHS meaning suppliers must do more when supplying to hospitals; greater demand for just-in-time deliveries and a proliferation of delivery points now needing to be serviced with pharmaceuticals.

“Our investment in vehicles, systems and most importantly our people, will ensure we continue to connect the world’s leading life science companies to the point of care to enable better patient outcomes,” Tinsley said.

The vehicle refresh programme follows a two-year period at Movianto that has seen it invest in telematics; forward-facing cameras; on-board temperature monitoring and new handhelds for drivers.

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Richard Gosling, sales director at Close Brothers Vehicle Hire, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to work with a company like Movianto and be involved in this important strategic program.

"Working together we have been able to find a really innovative financing solution to support Movianto’s future growth plans,” he added.

Last month Close Brothers Vehicle Hire opened a 24/7 truck rental site in Doncaster.