A collaboration on vehicle procurement between 34 police and emergency services organisations will save them £7m.
Led by West Midlands Police, the project has seen the procurement and fleet departments of the organisations work together and sign a contract for over 3,000 police vehicles over the next two years, 1,200 of which will be manufactured in Britain.
The suppliers – General Motors UK trading as Vauxhall, Ford, Volvo and BMW – were selected from a list of companies on the national government framework agreement, specifically for blue light services.
The overall spend is in excess of £100m when taking into account “whole life” costs of the vehicles – initial purchase, fuel, maintenance, parts and repairs.
This represents savings of between £6m and £7m.
From a local perspective, West Midlands Police, who will spend £8m on the whole life costs of 248 vehicles, will make a £1m saving.
“A vehicle purchasing collaboration between police forces and partners on this scale has never been seen before and I am delighted to say it has been a huge success in terms of the savings made and how well the organisations have worked together,” said David Wilkin, West Midlands Police’s director of resources and the national policing lead for the procurement of vehicles.
But he added the most important aspect is that the vehicles are the most suitable and safest available. “How we buy and operate them has to represent good value to the public. We are committed to ensuring that where possible the associated costs will be invested in the region, whether that is fuel purchases or using local garages and businesses for parts and repairs.
“All suppliers in the process had to demonstrate their working relationship with local dealerships to ensure that going forward maintenance of the vehicles such as warranty repairs are carried out locally, ensuring we continue to support the local economy,” he added.