Friday 30th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

Ryder celebrates ten years with army on the Rhine

Ryder last month celebrated the 10th anniversary of its huge contract with the Ministry of Defence to supply vehicles to British forces in Germany.

It won the contract in 1996 to supply more than 2,500 vehicles to seven army garrisons and RAF stations in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands together with vehicle support in Poland and the Czech Republic.

The vehicles are, in army parlance, “white fleet” – vans, trucks, buses and cars for general use as opposed to the “green fleet” – front line vehicles. Nevertheless, the army demands high availability standards and Ryder provides vehicle maintenance support within two and a half hours anywhere in northern Europe. It has four dedicated workshops to service the vehicles.

Ryder was re-awarded the contract in 2004 and has worked closely with the MoD to develop web-based fleet management information. That system was the forerunner of Ryder’s Fleetcare Online.