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Plod told not to change car tyres.

#6
Same at our MT, have to wait for Mr. Civvy in his transit to rock up. Not long till ABRO/DSG/Joe civvy is contracted to first parade every vehicle before we can use them :(
 
#7
ximmeh1987 said:
Same at our MT, have to wait for Mr. Civvy in his transit to rock up. Not long till ABRO/DSG/Joe civvy is contracted to first parade every vehicle before we can use them :(
Of course this is more efficient than the Driver/Mech who is already there doing it? What fcukwit dreamt this up?
 

seaweed

LE
Book Reviewer
#9
So they spent two hours stuck at the roadside 'concentrating on their core role'. How is it that I have ended up living in an eight-hundred-mile-long madhouse?
 

BrunoNoMedals

LE
Kit Reviewer
#11
A Metropolitan Police spokesman would not say how much the contract with VT cost because of 'commercial confidentiality'.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but as a public service, funded from the public purse, there's no such thing as commercial confidentiality when it comes to how they spend their cash. If MOD pulled that one we'd be torn a new ringpiece. Could you imagine? "Sorry Minister, we can't tell you how much that carrier cost - commercial confidentiality."

The VT Land birds who organise hire cars at our place are truly stunning, though, so I don't intend to insult them :D
 
#12
My Sgt has just had a interview without coffee with a boss for changing a tyre.

His justification was it was saturday night and the car was needed. When the **** desk jockey fleet manager got wind of this he VOR'd the vehicle and suggested the Sgt take "Further training" so that he is aware of force policy on such issues.

Tis true I tells ya, the world has gone mad!
 
#13
I had to wait 90 minutes at the side of the motorway in the pissing rain waiting for a tyre fitter, another patrol car could have brought a spare wheel and a jack in 10 minutes and i'd have done it myself but oh no, i'm not trained so I have to leave it to the professionals! FFS! I've been driving 25 years and changed more tyres than soft mick!
 
#14
The_Highway_Man said:
vvaannmmaann said:
Plod gets a flat,now they have to wait for a man to fix it for them.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6493557/Police-told-not-to-change-tyres.html
We're not allowed to change them on our patrol cars either, we have to wait for a tyre fitter, plus as a rule, because of the amount of kit our cars carry, we don't have a spare wheel to save weight. :roll:
The Ambulance car I used to drive had it's spare removed to prevent anyone from fitting it. We were supposed to wait for a "specialist" to come out to us and replace the wheel..
 
#15
The_Highway_Man said:
I had to wait 90 minutes at the side of the motorway in the pissing rain waiting for a tyre fitter, another patrol car could have brought a spare wheel and a jack in 10 minutes and i'd have done it myself but oh no, i'm not trained so I have to leave it to the professionals! FFS! I've been driving 25 years and changed more tyres than soft mick!
Yeah but you might do it wrong and cause a horrible crash which makes the Highways Agency look bad.

Also if you do it there wouldn't be an avenue for that recovery firm your boss has a financial interest in to come and make a fortune from doing petty work on your vehicles!

An amazing idea I had was to spend 2 hours teaching people how to do it on their driving course... Then trusting them.
 
#16
BrunoNoMedals said:
A Metropolitan Police spokesman would not say how much the contract with VT cost because of 'commercial confidentiality'.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but as a public service, funded from the public purse, there's no such thing as commercial confidentiality when it comes to how they spend their cash. If MOD pulled that one we'd be torn a new ringpiece. Could you imagine? "Sorry Minister, we can't tell you how much that carrier cost - commercial confidentiality."
Don't you believe it. Last place I worked the contractor played " commercially sensitive" every time we asked about costs - and this was supposedly an "open book " contract. When they did provide figures there was SFA solid behind them, just made up numbers (IMHO, can't prove it :( ).

In another context the contractors ( E**) are ........................Edited to remove stuff that I was told is indeed commercially sensitive and therefore covered by the OSA...........but hopefully you'll get the jist from what I've left behind. ..Thieves, taking money straight out of soldiers pockets.
 
#17
ximmeh1987 said:
Same at our MT, have to wait for Mr. Civvy in his transit to rock up. Not long till ABRO/DSG/Joe civvy is contracted to first parade every vehicle before we can use them :(
And people wondeer why we are short of money. Doubtless some clown came up with some H&S reason for this nonsense ?
 

Fugly

ADC
DirtyBAT
#18
He said: "Police vehicles are maintained to very high standards as they are subject to continual and demanding use 24/7.
Fair enough.
"For these reasons tyres are changed by specialist contractors."
Tyres? Yes. Wheels? Why? Any trained driver can change a wheel.

According to its website, VT Critical Services helps emergency services with vehicles, communications, IT and training, allowing them to "concentrate on their core roles".
Commercial bollocks speak allowing it to justify the role it has been paid millions to do.
It adds: "With emergency services subject to ever-decreasing budgets, the contracting of staff training, facilities management and fleet services is a key issue. We help our customers meet complex investment and strategic resource challenges."
Again, more corporate bollocks. How many millions of pounds are spent purely to fund nuggets to come up with statements such as this? If you sacked the entire consultancy team behind this statement, what would be the impact on the operational part of the force? Zero.

Under its contract with the Met which started in 2006, VT maintains its fleet of vehicles, sorts out rental cars for them and is responsible for collision repairs. The company has invested in two purpose-built £10 million workshops to maintain the fleet, which travels more than 63 million miles a year.
Whoopee do. Stats. :roll:

The VT website says: "In addition to the workshops, a team of mobile engineers provide a 24 hour mobile response service. This significantly reduces the time a broken-down vehicle spends out-of-action and unavailable for duty.
Blatantly bollocks. Nowadays even us great unwashed aren't allowed to change a tyre on the motorway because the H+S brigade are too scared of yet another ream of paperwork. Most of the accident recorded for people being injured during wheel changes on the motorway was when the muppet jacked his car up still in the first lane, or when the driver ploughing into them fell asleep. Idiots will be idiots. There is a limit as to how far you legislate for this, before you can't actually do anything at all. Labour don't seem to grasp this.

"Sophisticated police vehicles and their communications systems require the services of specialist technicians. The creation of a single-supplier contract to provide these services has allowed the Met to benefit from reduced administration, economies of scale and increased effectiveness."
A spare wheel is not a specialist system. If the amount of kit installed in the car requires the removal of the spare, then fair enough. But other lesser equipped panda cars should be equipped with a spare, and the driver equipped with the ability (permission? :roll:) to change it.
And Stuart Middleton, the Met's director of transport services, is quoted on the website as saying: "Outsourcing much of the Met's vehicle repair and maintenance to VT provides good value.

"They quite literally keep the service moving."
Toadying cock.
 
#19
You mean I don't have to do it for myself anymore? Excellent! It was ruining my nails....

Thankfully we havent had that particular piece of lunacy inflicted on us yet, or if we have no one told me... Might not hear 'em if they do...
 
#20
Speedkuff said:
You mean I don't have to do it for myself anymore? Excellent! It was ruining my nails....

Thankfully we havent had that particular piece of lunacy inflicted on us yet, or if we have no one told me... Might not hear 'em if they do...
Double check. We got a shock when our stripey was dragged before the boss. We thought he'd killed a foreign diplomat or something, such was the seriousness of the phone call that summonsed him to get his hands slapped.
 

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