Article date: 6 September 2007
RAC Auto Windscreens has been appointed as one of two suppliers of automotive glazing in a three-year agreement led by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), in conjunction with the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).
The deal will see RAC Auto Windscreens supplying windscreens and other automotive glazing for the full range of public sector vehicles - ranging from pool cars, to private user scheme cars, to larger vehicles such as ambulances and vans. The service will be provided using RAC Auto Windscreen's extensive network of 142 fitting centres, over 900 mobile units and 1,200 specialist technicians.
Colin Gilks, partnership manager for RAC Auto Windscreens, said: "The appointment demonstrates that RAC Auto Windscreens is fast becoming a preferred supplier in the provision of windscreen replacement and repairs. We look forward to continuing our strengthened relationship with the police service and supporting the wider public sector with autoglazing services."
Available to all public sector organisations across the UK - which collectively operate a fleet of around 300,000 vehicles - the deal represents the first UK Government agreement for the provision of windscreen repair and replacement services.
It was awarded by NPIA following a 12-month tendering period and forms part of NPIA's suite of activities to support national police authorities in the delivery of services. Throughout the process, the OGC worked closely with NPIA to ensure a best value solution for the whole public sector.
Clemmie Sheppard, category manager in the OGC Fleet Team, explains: "Collaborative deals like this are key to the government's strategy for delivering best value for money for the taxpayer. This deal complements other recent deals for vehicle purchase and tyres to provide a range of fleet solutions that the whole UK public sector can enjoy."
Glynn Hewitt, lead fleet buyer at the NPIA, said: "This government deal builds on and utilises the expertise which the police service have developed in the fleet arena over many years. The NPIA look forward to working with RAC Auto Windscreens and the OGC in ensuring that a quality service is delivered to the public sector."
For more information:
RAC Press office contact: Vicki Burn 01603 684 224 / 07800 692 909 or Sam Bramwell at Staniforth 0161 919 8024/077381 96667.
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About RAC Auto Windscreens
RAC Auto Windscreens provides a wholly owned and operated complete automotive glazing repair and replacement service (windscreens, rear windows and side windows) through the largest fitting centre network in the UK.
It is the only replacement windscreen specialist with its own manufacturing operation, producing 250,000 windscreens a year in a dedicated factory in Chesterfield.
Backed by a fleet of 1000 fully equipped mobile fitting units, RAC Auto Windscreens provides a true 24/7 national service for more than 750,000 private and corporate customers every year. For more information on RAC Auto Windscreens visit www.rac.co.uk/windscreens
With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organizations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.
Aviva bought RAC last year. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 15%. RAC's news releases and a selection of images are available on the RAC internet news centre at www.racnews.co.uk