Lantern Recovery Services UK

Mercedes Benz - Press Release

11 November 2008
Commercial vehicle operators nationwide are benefiting from a new pay-as-you-go roadside rescue and recovery service which is being managed by Potters Bar-based Lantern Recovery Specialists plc.

RHA Rescue has been set up to cater for all vehicles owned by members of the Road Haulage Association, from trucks and vans to private cars, motorcycles and mobility scooters.

Members of the RHA's Rescue and Recovery Group will be given first call on incidents in their area. So if a vehicle belonging to an RHA member breaks down, chances are it will be a fellow member who comes to the rescue.

Commenting on the lead role being played by Lantern, RHA Rescue and Recovery Group Chairman Richard Goddard says: "I am delighted that one of our own members has been appointed to manage this vital RHA service. It proves beyond doubt that members can work together, regardless of their specialist sector within the UK transport industry."

Lantern Recovery Specialists, which has a head office on High Street, Potters Bar, and an operating centre a stone's throw from the South Mimms service area, has more than 40 years' experience as a car and commercial vehicle breakdown specialist. It also runs vehicle transportation, plant movement and rental businesses, while sister company Worldwide Recovery Systems is a specialist builder of recovery and tow trucks.

Lantern Recovery Specialists and Worldwide Recovery Systems are both long-term customers of Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi Fuso dealer S&B Commercials, which has headquarters in nearby Welham Green.

A recent addition to Lantern's 250-strong fleet is a Mercedes Vito 111CDI Long van fitted with a folding dolly trailer, which is stowed just inside the rear tailgate and can be winched in and out of the back of the vehicle. As well as bearing the Lantern name, this vehicle is also emblazoned with the RHA's corporate logo.

Another new arrival is a 26-tonne Mercedes Axor 2529L, which has an eight-car transporter body built by Worldwide Recovery Systems. Other units based on Vito vans and Mitsubishi Fuso Canter trucks supplied by S&B are also currently being built by Wordlwide Recovery, for sale to third-party operators.

Commenting on the launch of RHA Rescue, Lantern's Business Development Manager Mike Kenny says: "The new service has made a flying start. In partnership with the 500 agents we manage nationwide, we're providing RHA members with an added benefit that's been very well received."

He adds: "As well as being a supplier, S&B Commercials are also our customer, since we provide the dealer with a vehicle recovery service. We enjoy an excellent relationship with S&B, often calling on their technical specialists for advice and assistance; nothing is ever too much trouble for them."

For more information on RHA Rescue contact 0800 840 0838 or email rharescue@lrs.uk.com

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