Idling Police vehicles

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many police vehicles still have in-car computers where it is necessary to keep the engine running in order for them to work? How many of the additional, or more powerful batteries have been fitted to police vehicles in order to supply the in-car computer technology when the vehicle is parked and the engine is off? What is the time table for fixing the problem so that there is no excuse for officers to leave their engines running when parked?


Answer for Idling Police vehicles

Answer for Idling Police vehicles

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are 1330 vehicles on the fleet fitted with Mobile Data Terminals.  There are approximately 1000 vehicles (75%) fitted with an additional battery. 

The In Vehicle Mobile Application (IVMA) solution will commence roll out in March 2016 and finish at the end of August 2016.  The (IVMA) project are currently building the new product which will replace the existing mobile data terminals (MDT) in 1330 vehicles on the MPS fleet. The IVMA solution will be permanently fixed in the vehicle and powered by the vehicle battery. The main difference between the old and new systems is the IVMA device has its own battery, substantially reducing vehicle battery usage. One of the benefits of the new solution is police vehicles will not need to be kept running to maintain power to the in vehicle device. Fuel emissions and costs will reduce.