The firm has since invested in a new tractor unit to extend its vehicle delivery and collection services.

Until now, CTS Hire needed two drivers to deliver or collect its rental vehicles, but said it would now be able to increase capacity and schedule deliveries and collections more efficiently.

CTS managing director Bob Sweetland said: ‘As an owner-operator we can expand our capabilities and provide a more efficient service to our customers.

‘Not only can we deliver refuse vehicles more quickly, we can support our nationwide mobile engineer network by transporting vehicles in need of maintenance or mechanical work to one of our depots.’

CTS Hire said the new service would also benefit its parent company, contract hire and fleet management providers Specialist Fleet Services Ltd, by supporting the delivery of replacement vehicles to customers and the collection of end-of-life vehicles.