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New Agency fleet to help out traffic police

THE Highways Agency has ordered a new fleet as it gears up to help drivers on UK roads.

The Government body is to take delivery of 11 Mitsubishi Shoguns and seven Range Rovers, which will be used to keep traffic moving following incidents and remove pressure from the police.

Andy Wertheim, national fleet manager at Mitsubishi, said: 'There is a lot of competition in the 4x4 market at the moment, but the Shogun is regularly beating all those around it to be chosen for specialist fleets such as this.

'We are delighted to be working with the Highways Agency on such a high-profile and important new initiative. It was an important contract for us to win and will give us great visibility on the roads.'

From Spring 2005 uniformed Highways Agency traffic officers will start to appear on motorways in the south east, working in partnership with the police to deal with traffic incidents. By the end of 2005 across England, there will be about 1,200 traffic officers supported by 300 staff in seven regional control centres. The officers will eventually patrol UK motorways 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in a bid to keep traffic moving.

Lloyds TSB autolease is supplying the vehicles.

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