A Mercedes-Benz E43 highway patrol car used by Victoria Police. Picture: Cristian Brunelli
A Mercedes-Benz E43 highway patrol car used by Victoria Police. Picture: Cristian Brunelli

Cops rollin' in new Mercedes will be faster on their fleet

QUEENSLAND traffic police are set to roll out a new group of Mercedes vehicles, with the C-Class models to replace five high-powered Holden HSVs.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said the new cars - expected to arrive at the end of the year - would be used by traffic units and in promotional events.

It's unclear which model will hit the roads but the entry-level performance Mercedes-AMG C43 has 287kw and accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds.

Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating chairs the group governing the QPS fleet of more than 2000 vehicles.
Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating chairs the group governing the QPS fleet of more than 2000 vehicles.

"It's a C-Class Mercedes - it does have some performance," said Mr Keating, who chairs a group governing the QPS fleet of more than 2000 vehicles.

"The process is no different to what we've done with the former profile car with the Fatal Five messaging (speeding, drink and drug driving, seatbelts, fatigue, distraction).

"They were significantly different vehicles compared to the normal road policing vehicles."

Mr Keating said police were looking at other options to replace the standard road policing command vehicles, while VW Amaroks would replace dog squad cars and some other vehicles.

"Many of the general duty and criminal investigation branch vehicles have already been replaced with Hyundai Sonatas."

Mr Keating said the RACQ was also involved to ensure the right vehicles were chosen.

"We were quite happy with the platforms that we had - with the Ford and Holden, for example," he said. "But the vehicle is no longer available in the market so we have to find something else."

He said choosing a vehicle came down to suitability, practicality, the economics associated with the life of the vehicle, and its safety.



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