Strathclyde Police RAV4 score on town and country beat

February 2004
Management Services;Feb2004, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p7
Academic Journal
This article reports on the decision of Strathclyde Police to switch its fleet of 30 divisional four-wheel drive beat vehicles to Toyota RAV4s in Scotland. The move follows an evaluation in which police drivers were given four makes of 4×4 and asked to report on which was best suited for their purposes. Drivers said that the RAV4 had good all-around capabilities. It had a powerful, willing engine, handled well with good manoeuverability and was enjoyable to drive. It offered enough room for four people, had good equipment levels and visibility and readily accessible controls. The RAV4s are finished in regional livery and equipped with standard blues and two's for patrol work. The vehicles are expected to cover up to 120,000 miles over three or four-year cycles. In 2002, Toyota Fleet launched its Bluelight Blueprint initiative designed to tailor its vehicles for the specific needs of different branches of emergency services. The programme is designed to help such services meet strict guidelines within a highly competitive pricing structure and best-in-class cost of ownership on featured models. The RAV4 is one of the models highlighted by the programme.


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