Land Rover Hands Over First 70 Discovery Vehicles to Highways England
Land Rover has handed over the first 70 Discovery vehicles of a new fleet to Highways England, which will begin patrolling England’s motorways this month.
“Having the right equipment and vehicles for our traffic officers is essential. It allows us to deliver the high levels of customer service and support drivers expect from us while we work to keep England’s motorways and major A-roads running smoothly round the clock. These new vehicles will be valuable addition to our fleet and we are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with Jaguar Land Rover.”
The Discovery has been used as a public service vehicle, since the original was released in 1989, by the police, fire and rescue and ambulance services. This latest fleet are made up of Discovery SE 3.0 Sd6 models and have been specially modified with roof light bars, a rear LED display board and black and yellow high visibility Battenberg markings.
Over the course of four years, these vehicles will patrol motorways and A-roads up and down the country, travelling up to 250,000 miles each. Traffic officers are required to carry over 600kg of equipment including lights, traffic cones and safety barriers. They are also often called to help tow stranded vehicles. The Discovery is perfect for the job thanks to its impressive 3,500kg towing capacity and 700Nm of torque. The model also boasts a five-star Euro NCAP rating, helping to provide a safe working environment for the officers.
Nick Harris – Executive Director of Operations at Highways England
The day to day tasks for traffic officers vary greatly, from providing support during incidents, managing traffic, clearing debris and generally keeping routes safe for travellers.
“The Land Rover Discovery has always been the ultimate in versatility, comfort and ability. For fifteen years it has been a trusted workhorse for Highways England, and it gives me great pleasure to see the latest generation Discovery continuing that legacy. Highways England works tirelessly to keep England’s motorists moving and we are proud that this fleet of Land Rover Discovery’s has been chosen to keep the team mobile and equipped with everything they need to take on the toughest challenges whatever the location, whatever the conditions.”
Scott Dickens – Jaguar Land Rover Sales Director
Find out more about the Discovery or contact your local Harwoods Land Rover dealership.