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Staff at two Gloucestershire sites working hard to keep critical services on the road

Expert staff at two Gloucestershire sites are playing a vital role in ensuring critical services are being delivered during the Coronavirus Crisis.

Keeping key vehicles, such as ambulances and police cars and vans, on the road is crucial at the best of times, it's even more critical during these unprecedented times.

In recent days, SYNETIQ have seen a marked increase in the amount of work on their books as vital services seek to ensure that their fleets are as prepared as they can be for the challenges ahead.

The business works with many of the UK's Police forces to provide compliant salvage and vehicle recycling services across the country.

As the number of coronavirus cases rise, it's key to the emergency services that SYNETIQs operations remain open to support them.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), classes employees that work in the collection, processing, recycling and disposal of waste, including scrap metal, as critical workers.

To keep supporting the country's key sectors and workers, SYNETIQs teams have all had to adapt to new ways of working and social distancing has been adopted as a priority.

All those that can are now working from home, and any that can't have taken extra steps to protect themselves and their families from the spread of virus.

Customer facing operations, such as parts counters, have been closed - with the business only selling parts via its eBay store and mygreenfleet platform.

The company also supports many of the UKs critical services through parts and repair services, meaning mechanical repair and green parts operations must continue.

The mechanical solutions team, previously Motorman Ltd, is still completing engine replacements and other mechanical repairs on ambulances and food delivery vehicles.

This work is being carried out from a network of workshops throughout the UK, including the SYNETIQ bases in both Cinderford and Gloucester.

Richard Martin, MD of SYNETIQ said "It's a difficult time for everyone in the UK right now. We are committed to doing everything we can to support our clients, customers, colleagues and their families during this time.

"The situation will continue to change, and we
 will work closely with all critical services to ensure we deliver for them and play our part in the fight against coronavirus"

In the past two days SYNETIQ has experienced a record number of vehicle uplifts from the Police this week, receiving more than 500 vehicles.

Mike Carey, deputy head of vehicle recovery and examination services at Metropolitan Police, said: "We cannot underplay the importance of SYNETIQ's work and the impact this has on our operational capabilities.

"We are facing incredible pressure to ensure there is storage space in the pounds. Vehicle collection and processing by SYNETIQ is a business-critical operation with paramount importance to us."

"We'd like to take this opportunity to state how important this work is for us, how much we value SYNETIQs service and employees and what it means to us that, in our time of emergency, we can rely upon SYNETIQ to continue to deliver this service to us."

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