Vehicle rental branches are providing cars, vans, minibuses and trucks to ensure that key workers are mobile and essential services are maintained during this difficult time, says rental and leasing body.

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) says that the vehicle rental industry is an integral part of the supply chain and operating model for many businesses, the NHS, Police, social care, and local and central government.

At a time when mobility is being restricted as part of the effort to contain the ongoing pandemic, Gerry Keaney, the chief executive of BVRLA, emphasised the important role vehicle rental plays in keeping ‘infrastructure running’.

‘Many people think of vehicle rental as the car that they pick up from an airport on their annual holiday. In reality, around half of all vehicle rental transactions are with businesses supporting the transportation of people and goods,’ said Mr Keaney.

‘In these challenging times, vehicle rental is focussed on its most important customers. Right now, our members are providing cars to police forces, district nurses and Ministry of Defence sites; vans to plumbers and gas engineers; refrigerated lorries to food distributors and minibuses to schools with special educational needs.

‘They may not have flashing lights or logos, but tens of thousands of rental vehicles across the UK are helping to keep our infrastructure running, our food stores stocked and our families safe and well.’