Mess Vans: The Ultimate in Mobile Welfare

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Andrew Hill • Oct 17, 2013 • Welfare vans

With winter fast approaching, the UK's road and railway maintenance crews will soon find their services in great demand. Mess van providers can also expect to see a jump in enquiries, as the features their vehicles provide are perfect for this type of mobile workforce.

We recently explored the benefits of mess vans - also known as welfare vans - and explained why providing a little extra in terms of facilities can lead to happier, more productive staff and ultimately benefit your business.

As one of the country's leading welfare van providers, we aim to provide the very best vehicles for your mobile workforce at Enterprise Flex-e-rent van hire. Each vehicle in our fleet of Ford Transit welfare vans is suitable for use in a variety of industry sectors and contains:

  • seating for up to eight people
  • lighting and heating
  • hot and cold running water
  • microwave


You can choose to hire a vehicle with or without a private WC. Those that do include this facility are fitted with a Thetford cassette toilet with 12v operation flush at the rear of the vehicle.

Safety and comfort 

These vans really are the ultimate in on-site mobile safety and welfare. The facilities on offer do not compromise the overall safety of the vehicles either, as all our mess vans come equipped with a non-slip rear step for safe access, a first-aid kit with extinguisher and a reverse camera. They have a VOSA-accredited M1 floor chassis system and the seats in the welfare cab are M1-certificated with three-point seatbelts, making sure your employees stay safe both on and off the road.

Some other features of our Ford Transit mess vans are:

  • LWB H/Roof
  • Sliding access door
  • Tow bar
  • Light bars
  • Chapter 8 livery


Perfect for overnight highway maintenance jobs and remote site work, our welfare vehicles contain everything your workers need to enjoy a meal, freshen up and change clothes after their shift if necessary. Hot water is provided by the built-in 12v water boiler, and the 450W modified microwave takes care of food preparation. There's also a wash basin, soap and towel dispenser to maintain the hygiene standards of the vehicle.

Hire the right van for the job

If you have a mobile workforce that needs access to any of these facilities, a mess van could be the perfect solution. Perhaps you regularly send road crews out overnight, or you're planning a one-off job on a site with no facilities. Whatever the situation, you can safeguard the welfare of your staff by sourcing the most appropriate vehicle for the task.

Don't forget, welfare van hire will also ensure you comply with your duties as an employer. Health and safety regulations state that you're legally required to provide adequate and appropriate amenities for your staff while they're at work. Certain job situations can make this challenging, but you wouldn't expect an employee to work in an office building without access to a WC, running water and somewhere to eat their meals. The same applies to mobile and outdoor workplaces, so give your staff the work environment they deserve by hiring the perfect van for your business.

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