Wales Police Spent Over $4.7 Million On Repairs In Just Four Years

Police vehicles live a rough life as they’re used in everything from high-speed chases to mundane traffic stops.

According to the BBC, police in Wales spent over £3.5 ($4.7) million to repair police vehicles over the past four years. Over the course of this time period, police vehicles were involved in 4,214 incidents and a number of these involved basic mistakes such as hitting objects when reversing.

The South Wales Police were responsible for most of the damage as the force totaled 27 vehicles and had repair costs in excess of £2.6 ($3.4) million. Assistant Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan told the BBC “Our drivers are highly skilled and every care is taken with the force’s vehicles, however, it is inevitable that some will be damaged in the course of duty.” He added the force responds to over a million calls every year and noted their vehicles rack up 12 million miles (19.3 million km) annually.

North Wales Police had 1,339 incidents over four year and this resulted in repair costs of £442,776 ($595,383). While the number of incidents sounds high, the force said approximately half of these incidents didn’t involve damage and only required a minor safety check.

The bill doesn’t sound too outrageous but James Price, the campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, told the BBC “The police are constantly asking for more money, but clearly they have been wasting our cash by driving recklessly and not respecting the equipment that taxpayers have funded.”

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  • Christian Wimmer

    Before reading the article I thought the Welsh police fleet had spent $4.7 million repairing THAT BMW 3-Series Touring in the photo. 😀

    Impressive how many miles those police fleets rack up in a year. And I’m thinking Wales is a small country and there’s probably not so much crime there…

    Here in Munich the police also predominantly use those same BMW 3-Series Tourings – usually in 320d guise. Other police cars are Volkswagen Touran TDI’s, BMW 520d F10 Sedans/Tourings, an occasional BMW E39 5er and now the BMW i3 for inner-city patrols.

  • For those who don’t know about Wales, they covering something up. You want to know what happened? Sheeps, a lot of them. Sheep in Wales has evolved to the point that they have mind of their own.

    You want to know why Circuit of Wales hasn’t yet started? It was Sheep that prevent them to.

    You have been warned by me.

  • gary4205

    For miles driven, that number is not out of line.

  • haudit

    £3.5 million in repairs associated with 4,214 incidents over the course of 3 years? That doesn’t sound out of line at all, especially when you consider it’s a Police force. Of course the Taxpayers’ Alliance is kicking up a stink about it, but nobody with even half a brain takes the Taxpayers’ Alliance seriously – they’re a bunch of bitter malcontents who think ANY money being spent on ANYTHING is a national outrage.

  • psiqtas

    Maybe they had chosen the wrong cars? For example Bimmer is an POS when it comes to reliability and servicing costs, Opel (Vauxhall) isn’t better but cheaper at least…

  • smartacus

    “Our drivers are highly skilled and every care is taken with the force’s vehicles”

    Translation: we would love to shoot everyone upon sight to satisfy our bloodlust,
    but we still have to wait about 5 years before we achieve enough unaccountability.

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