The Slovak Police Corps is carrying out the biggest revamp of patrol cars in its history. “They are replacing cars that have driven on average 300,000 kilometres or more, some 500,000 to 650,000 kilometres,” Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák told media on April 22, at the Volkswagen factory in Bratislava, where new VW Golf police patrol cars were handed over.
They are replacing patrol cars manufactured from 1996 to 2004, Kaliňák said. “A record holder among them was in use for eight years and has driven about 700,000 kilometres,” he said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
In a large public tender for replacement of lower, middle class cars, the Interior Ministry bought 740 of the latest model of VW Golf cars. They all have a diesel engine. On aggregate, they cost more than €10 million.
They will be fitted with additional technology which, for example, automatically checks license plates and records all events in front of the car recorded using a camera. The system of “smart” police cars in Slovakia is to go into full service with new police vehicles.
The Interior Ministry last year evaluated a large tender for police cars worth €23 million. It concluded contracts with VW as well as with Kia and Hyundai. They also bought the smaller Peugeots made in Slovakia. “All three carmakers from Slovakia took part in the competition with the best conditions,” said Kaliňák. The Interior Ministry also plans to replace its vans and minibuses along with new police SUVs this summer.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Apr 2014 at 10:00