Victoria Police take BMW 530d as new highway patrol car
BMW has announced it will supply 80 BMW 530d sedans to Victoria Police by the end of 2018 as highway patrol cars for that state.
WITH HOLDEN, FORD AND TOYOTA ending local production, the race has been on to find a replacement highway patrol car with models like Ford Mustang, Subaru WRX and Kia Stinger all in the picture. But, in the end, for Victoria Police, at least, BMW’s 530d has won the race.
BMW Australia has announced it will supply up to 80 BMW 530d sedans to Victoria Police’s highway patrol fleet by the end of the 2018. The vehicles will be supplied in fleet, entry-level trim with a factory-fitted ‘police pack’. It’s believed that this ‘factory-fitted police pack’ is one of the reasons that other brands lost out, expecting the police services to fit their own equipment, but Victoria Police has said it is keeping the lines of communications open with other manufacturers.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said, “BMW has come to the party and worked with us on making sure their cars are as fit for purpose as possible.
“They are the only company to date that has been able to provide a factory fitted ‘police pack’ making the commercial agreement an extremely attractive value for money decision.
“This is a great opportunity, where together with BMW, we can deliver more integrated solutions for policing through technology and innovation while still meeting our performance needs.
“The BMW 530d meets our safety and performance standards as it has been subjected to the evaluation tests that underpin our vehicle safety classification system.
“We are looking forward to their delivery and the opportunity to enhance the operational and performance needs of our members.
“BMW has a proven history, used widely throughout Europe as police vehicles, and most importantly is one of the world leaders when it comes to safety in cars.”