New horsebox for South Yorkshire Police unit

A team of police horses are going to be travelling in style thanks to the addition of a tailor-made new horsebox.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 3:26 pm
Updated Friday, 10th January 2020, 12:30 pm
The new horsebox that will have police livery added to it

Later this month, the South Yorkshire Police team at Ring Farm will take receipt of the new horsebox, which the force livery is being added to.

The horsebox is a HGV Helios 26-tonne bespoke model designed to specifically meet the needs of the force’s mounted unit.

Sergeant Clive Collings said: “The mounted unit cannot operate without transport to get them to all four corners of the county – and, when required on mutual aid, the rest of the United Kingdom too. Reliable transportation is, therefore, a must.

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"Of the two current horseboxes, the oldest has been in service for 12 years and has been subject to some serious wear and tear (and weight!) over the years.

“While a new horsebox isn’t cheap, the force will save money over the coming years because of reduced maintenance bills and increased reliability.”

The new horsebox was designed to keep costs to a minimum while encompassing the latest engine design with ADBLUE technology to reduce emissions. The introduction of this new model will ultimately remove the older, less economical and less environmentally friendly boxes from service.

Sergeant Collings added: “Our horses are VIPH’s- Very Important Police Horses! Therefore, they deserve to travel in the level of comfort and security befitting of their important role.”

The new vehicle is equipped with features to maximise safety for all.