ORDANCE Survey has reviewed its company car policy and chosen three manufacturers to supply its fleet of 300 vehicles.
The national mapping agency, responsible for maintaining and updating the national archive, has opted for Ford, Peugeot and Vauxhall. It required vehicles large enough for surveyors to transport their specialist equipment and surveyors now have the choice of three benchmark vehicles.
Caroline De la Cour, transport manager at Ordnance Survey, said: 'Our data collection survey management and support staff are responsible for updating and maintaining the definitive map of Great Britain. With up to 5,000 changes made to the central database every day, our staff travel literally thousands of miles a year to ensure the data is as accurate and current as possible.
'To enable a fast turnaround in data checking, an Ordnance Survey surveyor's vehicle is virtually a mobile office carrying everything from state of the art global positioning system (GPS) kits to protective clothing.'
She added: 'We needed a range of vehicle that suited their specific needs, met stringent health and safety and environmental standards and that were also acceptable for private use.'