Cappagh turns to Rygor for utilities van fleet
South London civil engineering group Cappagh has ordered a new fleet of 83 Mercedes-Benz Vans, most of which will be put to work on prestigious utility contracts.
The move represents another major step forward in the flourishing partnership between Wimbledon-based Cappagh and Rygor, Britain’s largest Mercedes-Benz Dealer group.
Their Ultramarine Blue paintwork having been applied at the Mercedes-Benz factory, the operator’s Utilities Division has begun taking deliveries of the first batch of 25 Medium-length Sprinter 313 CDIs from Rygor’s Heathrow branch. These vehicles will be on general utilities duties and used regularly to pull trailers that carry 1.5-tonne diggers.
The majority of these vans will be assigned to two-man crews responsible for responding rapidly to pipe leaks, blockages and the like – they are being fitted with jetting units, racking systems, and Hope Safe-T-Bars.
As well as trialling demonstrators provided by Rygor, Cappagh took extensive soundings from rental companies and other operators before ordering its first Mercedes-Benz light commercial vehicles.
“The feedback was resoundingly positive, particularly in terms of reliability,” confirmed Transport Manager David Fahey. “This is the single most important attribute we look for in a van, because given the service commitments we make to our own customers unplanned downtime is something we cannot afford.”
Fuel-efficient and cost-effective to operate, the Sprinter also leads the market in terms of safety and comes with an extensive armoury of active and passive features as standard, to which Cappagh is adding reversing cameras.
“These are still early days but our first Mercedes-Benz Vans were competitively priced and are fit-for-purpose utility vehicles, while they’ve been well received by our crews,” continued Mr Fahey.
Rygor has also supplied Cappagh with 30 FUSO Canter 7.5-tonners over the last 12 months, which are used by tarmac gangs. The Dealer services these vehicles under Mercedes-Benz Repair & Maintenance Contracts, and is currently processing orders for another 10, as well as seven 8×4 Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper grabs
“You’ll get occasional issues with the best of products, so it’s how they’re dealt with that really counts,” added David Fahey. “In that respect Rygor has been very good – the members of its team with whom I deal regularly are extremely helpful.”
Alan Weyman, Assistant Van Sales Manager at Rygor, Heathrow, said: “At Rygor we understand the fact that a reliable fleet and top-quality back-up are crucial to the operation of a highly professional business such as Cappagh. We have already proved our capabilities and now, with the delivery of its first Mercedes-Benz Vans, look forward to supporting the continued growth of this prestigious customer.”