April 9, 2020

Vehicle rental supports essential services and staff during COVID-19 crisis

As businesses and premises shut their doors, vehicle rental branches across the UK are providing vehicles to ensure that key workers are mobile and essential services are maintained.

BVRLA rental members operate 1,800 outlets across the UK, operating a combined fleet of 371,000 cars, vans and trucks.

The UK vehicle rental industry is already an integral part of the supply chain and operating model for many businesses across the logistics sector, NHS, police, social care, local and central government.

“Many people think of vehicle rental as the car that they pick up from an airport on their annual holiday. In reality, around half of all vehicle rental transactions are with businesses supporting the transportation of people and goods.” said BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney.

“In these challenging times, vehicle rental is focussed on its most important customers. Right now, our members are providing cars to police forces, district nurses and Ministry of Defence sites; vans to plumbers and gas engineers; refrigerated lorries to food distributors and minibuses to schools with special educational needs.

“They may not have flashing lights or logos, but tens of thousands of rental vehicles across the UK are helping to keep our infrastructure running, our food stores stocked and our families safe and well.”