New generation of racking gives fleets new options, says Arval
A new generation of racking for commercial vehicles is something that fleets
should be exploiting, believes Arval.
The vehicle leasing and fleet management company says
that the latest designs were lighter in weight, safer, more practical and were
easier to refit for “second life” use.
Eddie Parker, Arval’s commercial vehicle manager, explained: “Many fleets tend
to employ a racking specification that they have had in place for years, using
wood as a base and seeing their vans as, essentially, mobile warehouses.
“But there has been a complete rethink on racking in recent years. Modern
materials are much safer in the event of an accident, are lighter in use so
don’t detract from payload weight, and allow a much more streamlined,
Mr Parker said that, while new racking represented a significant investment, it
was likely to prove to be a good purchase over the operational life of the
He continued: “Because new racking is lighter and better designed, you are
likely to make savings in areas ranging from fuel to tyre wear while your vans
will also be more productive in use.
“Crucially, if you invest in good quality racking, it can very often be used in
a ‘second life’ where it is transferred to a new vehicle after its original
fitment is de-fleeted. We have fleets that successfully transfer racking to
second and even third vehicles.”
Arval says it has worked with a number of racking specialists in recent years
to learn as much as possible about the options available.
Mr Parker added: “This is an area where we are confident that the consultancy
advice that we are able to provide to commercial vehicle fleets is of the