Briggs Equipment has kicked off 2020 with a £6.1m investment into its short term hire fleet, which now stands at 5,500 vehicles.

With this investment, the engineering services and asset management specialist has added 272 new Hyster and Yale diesel and electric counterbalance machines to its fleet.

‘This latest investment into our short term hire fleet provides us with increased capability to respond efficiently to the wide range of requests that we receive on a daily basis,’ said Steve Fogg, head of short term hire at Briggs Equipment.

‘By having an incredibly diverse set of machines and equipment, coupled with Briggs’ trademark engineering support, we are able to stay ahead of the competition and provide a truly unique offering for our customers.’

Mr Fogg stressed that he believed it was ‘critical’ for Briggs Equipment to have a clear programme of improvement and investment to keep the average age of their machines under five years.

‘This further enables us to provide our customers with the reliable, modern and environmentally-friendly equipment they expect,’ he said.

‘The new units also underline a growing trend of moving towards new and cleaner diesel and electric technology, which also ensures our compliance with all current & future emissions regulations,’ Mr Fogg added.