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Field testing new vehicles for general duties

SAPOL today (20 August 2020) is announcing the trial of four new vehicles for SAPOL’s general duties fleet. Two of the vehicles, the Toyota Camry (Sedan) and Toyota AWD Rav4 (SUV) are a hybrid model with a Volkswagen Tiguan (SUV) also joining the trial.

The trial vehicles will be fitted out for general duties patrol and released into the field for suitability testing and evaluation across all four metropolitan districts and road policing areas (North and South).

These vehicles join the Mitsubishi Outlander, which is currently under evaluation with four vehicles being trialled at three sites since June 2020.

The vehicles under trial have been identified as being suitable for use as a general duties vehicle, presenting an opportunity to ensure that SAPOL has continuity of supply of vehicles required for its day to day operations. Current general duty vehicles include the Holden Commodore and Kia Sorento.

Pending a successful trial, it is anticipated that replacing the current Holden SAPOL vehicles with the four new vehicle models could be complete by 2023/2024.

This is the first time that SAPOL is trialling hybrid vehicles as part of the general duties fleet and is a tangible demonstration of SAPOL supporting the State Government’s priority to lower emissions.

Read the media release to view photos of the cars.