…make our police forces use British cars?
I was trundling home along the A1 this evening heading home, when the traffic started to grind to a halt. A sea of brake lights is a not-uncommon sight on our overcrowded roads, and one which we spend too much time moaning about. But for me, the inconvenience of the stoppage was punctuated by the sound of Cambridgeshire Police sirens behind.
A glance in the mirror revealed that a police car was picking its way though the traffic to whatever accident lay ahead. As it drew alongside, blues and twos a-whaling, I was disheartened to see that it was a BMW 5-Series Touring. I turned to my passenger and whinged a little about how it seemed off to me that our brave boys in blue should be forced to patrol our roads in a middle-manager’s special.
More than that, it seems wrong that they’re not driving a British car. It’s not as if anyone can say that we don’t produce a suitable alternative. Jaguar Land Rover will happily supply police XFs that would do the job just as effectively. And before anyone says that BMWs are more reliable than Jaguars, they should talk to your average fleet manager, or look at warranty claims. The XF is a solid, reliable motor, with pace, space and huge road presence.
In short, it is the perfect police car.
So, is it just me, or should the Government insist that police services adopt an all-UK built buying policy for their patrol cars? It not only supports our local industries and jobs, but also shows confidence in the great cars we produce here. After all, if the police use them, they’d be more than good enough for you and me.
What do you think?
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