One of the ramps at the new Harrow Council depot MOT test centre run by Fraikin
One of the ramps at the new Harrow Council depot MOT test centre run by Fraikin
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Fraikin partners council in new MOT test centre

  • Fraikin supplies and manages 200-vehicle council fleet on contract hire
  • New centre also available to local businesses
  • Testing Class lV, V and Vll MOTs
  • Operates outside regular hours avoiding operational downtime
  • Provides council with new revenue stream

COMMERCIAL fleet services company Fraikin has set up and opened a new MOT centre in partnership with Harrow Council.

Located at Harrow Council’s main depot, the joint venture provides Class IV, V and VII MOT testing and helps tackle a variety of challenges for the area.

With a shortage of suitable facilities in the vicinity for minibus and van MOTs, local businesses can now benefit from a new testing facility which also offers online booking, making it easy to schedule a vehicle test.

Because the centre is operated by Fraikin’s team of skilled technicians, residents will be able to get government-level service on their own vehicles. And it will generate extra revenue for the council, as well as providing an impartial test centre for cars, vans and minibuses.

Furthermore, in addition to generating an income for the council, the centre will also enable Fraikin to eliminate third-party MOT testing costs for the council’s diverse fleet of more than 200 vehicles which Fraikin supplies and manages on a contract hire basis.

Reception of the new Fraikin MOT test centre at Harrow
Reception of the new Fraikin MOT test centre at Harrow

The facility means Fraikin can conduct MOTs on Harrow’s fleet outside of regular operating hours, meaning no vehicle has to suffer operational downtime to get tested. The move is a first for Fraikin and sets a new standard for fleet management.

Harrow Council’s divisional director Venetia Reid-Baptiste said: “We’ve worked with Fraikin because it has always been much more than just another contract hire company – it’s an integral part of managing our services to the community.

“This time it has really gone the extra mile because by setting up this new MOT centre. It’s not just saving us money and downtime, it’s creating an entirely new revenue stream for us that will help save taxpayer money in the borough.”

The new MOT centre is the latest revenue-boosting venture to be implemented through the partnership between the council and Fraikin. The commercial vehicle fleet services company has reduced operating costs by 10% in the past year through fleet reprofiling, without compromising on 100% next-day vehicle availability or an average breakdown response time of just 20 minutes.

Fraikin supplied its first vehicle to Harrow Council more than two decades ago and since 2002 it has supplied 100% of the fleet. The vehicle parc ranges from vans, minibuses and refuse collection vehicles, to bespoke-built plant trailers, excavators, tractors, sweepers, mowers and ATVs.

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