Fleeting investment

Green fleet

Construction firm makes £1m fleet investment

Building firm DR Jones Yeovil is set to reduce its carbon footprint and cut fuel costs after commencing a £1m investment with Lex Autolease to upgrade its fleet of vehicles.

The company, which is a division of The Jones Group, a regional building contractor with branches across the South West, has ordered 100 new vans and 10 cars from Lex Autolease to replace the ageing and costly vehicles in its fleet.

We made the decision to upgrade our fleet because the older vehicles we operate had become too expensive to run and maintain. It also became clear that these vehicles were not fit for purpose.

Mark Porter, Operations Director for The Jones Group

A fleet that fits

To identify the most suitable type of vehicle, Lex Autolease conducted a detailed review of the company’s working practices, which included assessing the different types of kit staff are required to carry and the distance they travel between jobs. 

Based on these findings Lex Autolease provided The Jones Group with four different types of van which have been customised to meet the needs of a specific role.  They include engineer vans, gas fitter vans, multi-trade vans and supervisor vehicles.


It is our intention that over the next few years we will have replaced our existing fleet with the most eco-friendly and fuel efficient vans on the market.

Dave Jones, Managing Director of The Jones Group

The right vehicles

After a period of evaluation, the Jones Group selected vehicles manufactured by Citroen and include the Nemo, Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay van categories.  Each one is branded in the company’s corporate colours and benefits from a full accident management and maintenance service provided by Lex Autolease.

“We chose Lex Autolease because it provided us with an end to end solution which covered all our needs.” Mark Porter, Operations Director for The Jones Group.

We worked closely with the Jones Group for several months to help us gain a detailed understanding of its fleet requirements and structure a solution that aligns to its specific business needs.

Paul Gauntlett, Senior Business Development Manager at Lex Autolease


At Lex Autolease, our team of relationship managers is committed to helping our customers to get the best fleet for their needs, and to providing the most efficient way of meeting their objectives.

The first batch of 10 Citroen vans and two cars has been delivered to the Yeovil-headquartered company and once the full complement of 110 vehicles are operational The Jones Group will benefit from a 17 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions and a 20 per cent saving in its annual fuel bills.