The charity Blind Veterans UK has added six new Volkswagen Transporters to its fleet.
The vehicles will be used to transport veterans between their homes and the charity’s two centres in Brighton, Sussex, and Llandudno, Wales, allowing them to access services to help them enjoy life beyond sight loss.
The Transporter Shuttle models have been chosen for their spacious interior, allowing up to seven veterans to be transported at once, plus their safety technologies such as front assist and city emergency braking.
The Transporters are also of Bluemotion specification, allowing greater fuel efficiency.
The charity now has 25 Transporters on its fleet, alongside two VW Caddys and two VW Crafters.
This includes 14 vehicles that have been converted for wheelchair access by approved converters GM Coachwork.
Blind Veterans UK operations lead Gary Norman said: “Many of our veterans depend on us to get to and from our centres so a reliable fleet is an essential part of our service.
“We have a great relationship with [the VW Van Centre] JCB Group in Portslade,Brighton, who provide exceptional aftersales with service discounts, which is one of the many reasons we continue to stay loyal to the VW brand.
“We also believe it’s important to provide our drivers with a pleasant working environment so additional features, such as air-conditioning and cruise control are an added bonus for us.”
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles head of feet David Hanna said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with such a valuable charity that represents the service men and women of Britain.
“We pride ourselves on offering a great service before and after the sale of our vans so it’s good to know that companies, especially charities, are experiencing the benefits of our efforts.”