Welsh police authorities adopt Vauxhalls


Vauxhall police vehicles

After a successful bid, Vauxhall has strengthened its position as the largest vehicle supplier to the UK’s police forces. Vauxhall will now be providing the Welsh police authorities with police vehicles until at least 2014, with the option to extend the contract until 2015.


This new contract means that 41, or 80 per cent, of the 52 UK police authorities are now using low and intermediate Vauxhall performance vehicles.


“Vauxhall provides fit-for-purpose high quality products at a competitive price,” said Ray Forsey, the South Wales Police Authority Fleet Manager. “North Wales Police will [...] be working closely with Vauxhall Special Vehicles to provide a specific containment cell in the Astra Sports Tourer so that the Welsh police authority can fully utilise their vehicles.”

9,000 new vehicles

As the largest supplier to the police authorities, Vauxhall will supply around 9,000 new vehicles over the next four years.


“A key factor in our success has been our approach to the supply chain,” said Dick Ellam, Vauxhall Special Vehicles Manager. ”The only element we outsource is the delivery of the vehicle to the customer – everything else is done in-house under our control. We are therefore able to make savings for the police fleets in the time it takes to bring their vehicles into service.”


Vauxhalls will now be supplied to North Wales Police Authority, Dyfed Powys Police Authority, South Wales Police Authority and Gwent Police Authority.

Protected support units

Part of the deal includes the supply of Movano protected support units (PSUs). South Wales and Dyfed Powys Police are the first two authorities in Wales and the UK to order full turnkey vehicles from a vehicle manufacturer.


Options specified for the PSUs include ballistic windscreen, radiator protector, rough road package, deployable windscreen protection, Tyron runflat tyre bands, and a double cell.