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Volvo XC40s join Highways England fleet

Date: 24 September 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Highways England has added 41 Volvo XC40s to its fleet.

The vehicles, which will be used to assess the standards and integrity of the country's motorways and major 'A' roads, have been selected following the renewal of Volvo's status as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Services vehicle purchase framework agreement.

The XC40 is said to have been chosen by Highways England due to its Euro NCAP five-star safety rating, and also due to attractive whole life costs, kept low as only minor modifications to the production model were needed for the organisation's service needs.

The Volvo Car UK Special Vehicles division worked with Volvo's preferred vehicle installation and conversion partner, Jack Hodson Limited, to make the necessary changes to the XC40 fleet for Highways England, including adding a rear bulkhead to increase storage capacity, as well as an amber light bar and livery.

Run-lock technology was also installed so that inspectors can leave the engine running with the amber lights flashing while the vehicle is locked, ensuring visibility and safety at the side of the road without the vehicle being at risk of theft.

The XC40 also meets Highways England's emissions targets, and the organisation is also said to have been impressed by Volvo's service and maintenance package.

Highways England executive director of operations Nick Harris said: "Keeping our roads safe, well maintained and providing a better driving experience for road users are important aspects of the day-to-day operation of our roads - contributing to our key imperatives of safety, customer service, and delivery.

"It is important that vehicles we use are cost-effective, reliable and versatile - the Volvo XC40 will be a valuable addition to our fleet."