October 18, 2019

Peugeot supplies specialist van fleet to Guide Dogs charity

Peugeot has begun a programme of replacing the vehicles used by the Guide Dogs charity to transport its dogs.

By 2022, all vehicles used to transport dogs and handlers will be replaced by specially-adapted, multi-purpose Peugeot vans.

The Peugeot vans include Expert and Expert Crew Van conversions, which will be joined by around 40 all-new Peugeot Partner Crew Vans later this year.

Forty Expert Long Professional models have been delivered to date, of which 29 have been converted to transport up to eight puppies at a time.

The remaining vans are specially converted Crew Van models designed to carry up to four dogs, as well as their professional guide dog mobility instructors and eventually their partners, during their training programme. These vans have been converted by James Alpe of Clitheroe, Lancashire, specialists in producing conversions for transporting dogs.

The Expert Crew Vans are equipped with glazed, twin sliding doors to access the folding second row seat. This seat, equipped with three point seatbelts in all positions, can carry up to three people and can be folded forward to provide additional storage space or provide access to the dog cages from the front, instead of the rear of the vehicle, giving alternative emergency access to the cages if needed.

The cages provide plentiful room for the dogs to travel in comfort. Both panel vans and crew vans are equipped with the optional tailgate in place of twin rear doors, to give shelter when the dogs leave and enter the cages. The cages are equipped with both temperature monitoring and video cameras to ensure the wellbeing of the animals.

Karen Mumford, operations support manager at Guide Dogs, said: “Dog welfare is paramount to Guide Dogs, so we are delighted that these vans will help us transport our life-changing dogs in comfort and safety, enabling us to reach more people with sight loss with our services.”