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NT Police select KIA Stinger

The Northern Territory (NT) selected the KIA Stinger as its front-line road traffic policing vehicle, following in the footsteps of Queensland and Western Australia.

The old policing vehicle was the Holden Commodore SS fleet, which is being phased out. NT introduced the bi-turbo V6 Stinger as its replacement.

The Stinger was trialled in the NT and found to be a suitable replacement, says Road Policing Command commander Matt Hollamby.

“Holdens and Fords have been standard road policing vehicles in the NT for the best part of 50 years, but now that they are not manufactured here it’s time for us to look at an alternative.”

The Stinger can operate at high temperatures of around 45 degrees Celsius.

Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith says the decision to add the Stinger to the NT police fleet further endorses the brand in Australia.

“The Stinger is not only an outstanding performance vehicle but is backed by Kia’s industry-leading ownership experience, whether that be for private, government or fleet buyers,” says Meredith. “It is extremely pleasing to see a state government give a stamp of approval to the best available option.”

Hollamby reveals the police Stingers have undergone a redesign and may not be immediately recognisable.

The new Stingers will highlight the Road Policing Command’s Easter safety campaign, with a focus on speed, alcohol use, driver distraction and seatbelt use with a special focus on rural roads.

“We have recently established the Road Policing and Regional Support Command which includes all traffic operations units throughout the Northern Territory,” says Hollamby.

“Units in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs are now operating in a more coordinated and streamlined way with the aim of improving road safety.”