Hyundai Sonatas with blue and white checks will soon hit the state’s roads as part of a plan to update the Queensland Police Service’s vehicle fleet as Australia’s car manufacturing industry winds up.
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 Queensland fleet.
QPS has been trialling a range of different vehicle makes and models recently 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. 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.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said the QPS will still be utilising higher-powered vehicles as required.