We’ve all seen the various commercial vehicles used by the National Health Service and Councils, the latest addition to help combat the COVID pandemic is a a Volkswagen Crafter which has been converted into a mobile COVID-19 support unit for East Riding of Yorkshire Council to assist with COVID-19 test kits, vaccine information, and mental health support.
Working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and bespoke van racking company, Key Racking, the Crafter has been converted to enable the council to reach the most rural areas of the county as well as the most vulnerable.
Stephen Todd, Contract Manager Vehicle Maintenance at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We have a large fleet of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and know we can rely on them. For this COVID-19 support vehicle, the Crafter was the ideal choice as it enables us to adapt the van to suit our needs, meaning we can provide the highest-quality service while keeping people as safe as possible.”
The Crafter has been fitted with lockable cupboards, flip down mounted seating, hand wash units, and an on-board heater. The surfaces are fully wipeable, so they can be easily cleaned and sanitised between clients, while anti-slip flooring and pull-out handrails ensure client safety. A separate area to host consultations, fitted with privacy windows, has also been incorporated into the design for confidentiality.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has a long-term relationship with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, with more than 100 of the brand’s vans already on the fleet, and more currently on order to arrive on-site. The Crafter was selected for the mobile support unit for its generous load size and capacity, which provides the space for multi-discipline team to work safely.
Nick Axtell, Specialist Sales Manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We’re delighted that East Riding of Yorkshire Council has selected the Crafter for this extremely important job. We offer a range of conversions on all our vehicles to provide our customers with the flexibility to get the right van for the right task. This support vehicle conversion is a great way of demonstrating what the Crafter can achieve.”