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GAP Group invests £2 million investment in Tanker Services division

GAP Hire Solutions, the UK’s largest independent rental company, has placed an order for eighteen 26 tonne liquid waste tankers, following a recent announcement by the company’s Holdings Board that GAP is introducing Tanker Services as its newest division, bringing the total of GAP’s specialist divisions to 10.

GAP’s Tanker Services offers a range of emptying and cleaning options for septic and wastewater tanks and cesspits. With a large fleet of welfare tankers ranging from 4x4, 3.5 tonne, 7.5 tonne and now 26 tonne, all of them can empty, clean and sanitise toilets, welfare vans and welfare units – mobile or static – when required, even if the equipment hasn’t been hired from GAP itself.

The board recently made the decision to increase the hire company’s fleet of 26 tonne liquid waste tankers from half a dozen to 80 to build upon GAP’s already well-established Tanker Services. This expansion and significant investment will enable GAP to facilitate waste removal such as septic tank emptying and to work with construction sites to empty effluent waste tanks and provide non-potable water. The aim of this is to make the hire company’s offering more efficient and create the possibility of GAP being able to operate these services on a larger scale.

Commenting on the recent purchases, which cost around £120,000 each, GAP’s Head of Procurement Ken Stewart, commented: “Following on from our initial order of six which have all been delivered as of January, Volvo will be providing the cab/chassis at the rate of one per month. The bodywork will be undertaken by GK&N Services Ltd of Huddersfield who will supply and fit a 3,200-gallon vacuum tank to the cab/chassis. This is a significant investment amounting to in excess of £2 million for these 18 units. We’re delighted to continue our excellent working relationship with both Volvo and GK&N.”

In a recent article in the Glasgow Herald, Joint Managing Director Douglas Anderson highlighted GAP’s drive into the liquid-waste tanker market as the company expands its services and product fleet across the business, flagging scope to eventually increase GAP’s fleet to 80. He cited potential to serve major construction-sector clients with large building sites through this expansion.

Seven of GAP’s Welfare / Tanker Services depots – Elgin, Harthill, Manchester, Newmarket, Waltham Cross, Bournemouth and Bristol – currently have nine tankers in use. A further three are due to be delivered to the Tilbury, Derby and Swansea depots in the next few months, bringing the hire company’s fleet number to 12 in total so far.