A major repeat order for new Citroën vans has recently been signed by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA), to support its vital rescue and animal protection work.
The bulk of the near 70-strong order is for Citroën Berlingo HDi 75 manual L1 Enterprise models, all of which have been supplied by Citroën dealer Park’s Motor Group, East Kilbride. The order also includes a number of Relay and Dispatch models. The Scottish SPCA requires specific equipment for these vehicles, including specialised flooring, animal cages, hand-washing facilities and search lights for night-time rescues. Most of the Berlingo vans will cover between 20,000 and 30,000 miles annually, depending on location.
The new Berlingos will sport the Scottish SPCA’s trademark black and white livery, and will be used for its animal rescue and re-homing work. The Berlingo vans will be used by the Society’s inspectors, animal rescue officers and staff, who will make full use of the space and specialist equipment in their work.
The Scottish SPCA – a long-term Citroën LCV operator – values the low whole life costs and versatility of the Berlingo vans, which are being operated on SG Fleet UK Limited three year contract hire agreements.
Scottish SPCA Finance Manager, John Allan, said, “When we considered the choice of manufacturer for this latest van order, we had no hesitation in continuing our long relationship with Citroën. Our front-line staff rescue and care for vulnerable and desperate animals and they fully appreciate the space the vans have for cages and the equipment we specify. As a charity, we also appreciate the low operating costs of these vans, which enable the Society to spend more on our core animal rescue activity.”
The Scottish SPCA was established in 1839 and its inspectors and animal rescue officers attend to thousands of domestic, farm and wild animals every year. The Scottish SPCA’s vets and staff in its animal rescue and re-homing centres look after, rehabilitate and find homes for thousands more.