Glasgow-based Allied Vehicles Group has launched a new programme to bring its vehicle assemblers face-to-face with the customers who buy and use the vehicles that they make.  It’s all about connecting people for Allied and getting its staff to see at first-hand what happens to vehicles after they leave the factory.  

The programme will involve as many vehicle assemblers as possible going out to deliver vehicles to customers over the next year to see how their work has a positive impact on the lives of disabled customers who require specialised WAVs.

The first vehicle assembler visit has recently been carried out by Scott Kane who delivered a Peugeot HorizonTM to Jim and Janet Grant in Edinburgh.  Scott said of the visit:

“It’s been highly motivating for me to understand the ways in which a vehicle that I’ve worked on can make such a difference to people’s lives.  It’s really rewarding seeing how happy the customers were.  I feel really proud of the work the guys and I do, and it’s an eye-opening experience getting to see where the car goes after we’ve finished working on it.”

Jim Grant was a fireman for 30 years, but 20 years ago was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.  The new HorizonTM will allow Jim and Janet to get around together in comfort and style.  As Janet Grant says:

“Jim taught me to drive when I was 17 and it’s great that I can now use that skill to get us both around.  We had a Peugeot HorizonTM for five years and came straight back to Allied when we needed a new wheelchair accessible vehicle.  The new HorizonTM is a lovely car and it’ll make a big difference. This is a lovely idea and it was really nice to meet Scott.”

Allied defines its core purpose in the phrase ‘we move people and make a difference to their lives’.  The company manufactures and re-engineers vehicles for disabled people across the UK and beyond, working with leading car makers.  It is the largest British-owned car manufacturer and supplies some 6,000 vehicles each year. 

About Allied Vehicles

Allied Vehicles Group is the UK’s leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible cars, minibuses and taxis. The company supplies special purpose vehicles to private and public sector customers throughout the UK and, increasingly, in continental Europe. The group also provides assistive living aids for older and disabled people and a full range of automotive after-sales services including service and maintenance, accident repair and nationwide parts distribution. Allied supports a range of local community initiatives and national disability charities and is a member of the Disability Positive employer scheme.

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