To reduce the amount of money spent fixing the damage to it cars caused by low-speed accidents, the force spends an average of £60,000 a year mending cars that have been damaged while being parked. Pricing for the new sensors has not been released.
Martin Whysall, South Yorkshire Police’s fleet manager, said, “Police station yards were not necessarily designed for cars and they can be tight in terms of space.”
Not only South Yorkshire Police officers have problems with parking, their colleagues in Merseyside are spending 205,403 pounds (equivalent to 246,480 euros) from April 2009 to April 2010 to repair the stricken vehicle in the parking lot.
Humberside Police buys cars with reversing sensors as standard, whereas North and West Yorkshire police already add parking sensors to the larger vehicles in their fleets.