21st December, 2005
GM Holden and Victoria Police have collaborated in the design of 20 striking
Commodore SS models to join the police fleet as state-of-the-art SMART cars (Special
Mobile Anti-Road Toll Cars), to reduce the road toll and increase road safety
during the 2005/2006 Christmas/New Year period.
The visually bold Holden Commodore SS sedans will provide maximum visibility on
roads during peak periods and will be used as a tool that will be a constant
reminder for motorists to follow the road rules.
Assistant Commissioner (Traffic) Noel Ashby and Minister for Police Tim
Holding unveiled the fleet yesterday at Government House as part of the summer
holiday road safety campaign that will see additional resources being devoted to
Victorian roads over the holiday period.
Mr Ashby said the cars are part of Victoria Police’s commitment to making
“The SMART cars will be a reminder to all motorists to obey the road rules,
not in a bid to avoid a fine, but in an effort to save lives and reduce road
trauma,” he said.
Holden is a major supplier of fleet vehicles to Victoria Police and the
Commodore SS SMART cars were developed in close collaboration between the two
Simon Carr, Holden National Fleet Manager, said today, “The relationship
between Holden and the Victorian police is a highly collaborative one. SS
Commodores have been an integral part of the police fleet since 1999 and Holden
has been supplying cars to Victoria Police since the introduction of the 48/215
“Furthermore, like Holden, Victoria Police have a strong commitment to
safety and innovation, so we have worked very closely with the police on the
design of these vehicles for maximum effect.”
The eye-catching vehicles will be distributed to each police region where
they can be used to promote road safety through high profile traffic patrols.
Some of the Commodores SS cars are fitted with mobile data devices which allow
police to access information including driver license details and persons of
They also feature a range of modern technology to accommodate secure digital
radios and mobile radar equipment.
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