Police car parts to be recycled to save cash

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OLD police vehicles are to be recycled at the end of their lives so the parts can be re-used, under a new scheme involving South Yorkshire Police.

Forces in Yorkshire and the Humber have signed up to the two-year agreement which could save them thousands of pounds.

The scheme has been used in West Yorkshire already, where the force saved £44,000 on parts from vehicles which had been in collisions and a further £61,000 by using other recycled parts.

The initiative, in partnership with FAB Recycling Ltd, is to be adopted by police forces nationwide, as well as other public sector bodies.

Steve Thompson, head of transport for West Yorkshire Police and the regional lead for fleet in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This contract not only provides a safe and effective means of disposing of end-of-life vehicles in accordance with all environmental legislation, it will also encourage a greater use of recycled parts across all UK police forces, hence providing for additional cash savings.”

Head of regional collaboration, deputy chief Constable Mark Whyman, said of the project: “I’m immensely proud of the work that has been carried out by our new regional procurement team and our fleet specialists in support of this initiative.

“It is a clear example of what can be achieved through effective collaboration.”