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Safety fears raise doubts over 999 outsourcing work

DOUBTS have been raised about the outsourcing of police vehicle maintenance work following concerns about the safety of the Metropolitan Police's emergency vehicles - and forces throughout the UK are being urged to reconsider external servicing contracts. The issue came to light following the launch of an inquiry by the Metropolitan Police into its £53 million maintenance and servicing contract with the Venson Group after drivers complained that vehicles were unsafe.

A statement from the Met said that some work was 'not up to the required standard' and that it was taking a 'rigorous' approach to addressing drivers' concerns. Glen Smythe, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which has told officers to 'walk away' from vehicles they suspect to be unsafe, said: 'Every police force in the country should reappraise their outsourcing contracts in the light of the Met's inquiry.'

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