Police vehicle fleet to be updated with Hyundai Sonatas

Police Minister Bill Bryne and Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating today launched two new Hyundai Sonatas into the Queensland Police Service’s vehicle fleet, Queensland Police say.

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Police Minister Bill Byrne and Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating at today’s launch.

The Queensland Police Service has over 2,500 vehicles including marked, unmarked, covert and purpose-built tactical response vehicles.

With the addition of the two new vehicles a total of 21 Hyundai Sonatas are now in the fleet.

Police Minister Bill Byrne said the QPS had been trialling a range of different vehicle makes and models to ensure the Service’s fleet continues to support its operational needs.

“The Fleet Management Group has also been considering significant financial, commercial and environmental factors,” Minister Byrne said.

“As a result, the QPS has now approved the Hyundai Sonata four cylinder vehicle as a replacement for the current fleet of six cylinder vehicles.

“This approach will help to reduce the carbon footprint of the Queensland Police Service as the new vehicles are more fuel-efficient and have lower greenhouse gas emissions.

“The roll out will begin this financial year and is estimated to save the QPS around $2.3 million as 234 vehicles are replaced with Sonatas,” Minister Bryne said.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said the QPS would still utilise some higher-powered vehicles as required.

“The PSBA Fleet Assets Service Group in collaboration with the QPS has identified the Hyundai Sonata turbo model as a potential replacement for our existing higher performance vehicles,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

“A number of these vehicles outfitted to QPS specifications will be received shortly – and they will then undergo an evaluation to determine their suitability.

“The Queensland Police Service will continue to ensure police vehicles are fit for purpose and support the needs of operational policing into the future.”

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