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‘Green’ Fail in the Outback: Police Can’t Fit Gear in Hybrids They’re Required to Drive

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By Doug Powers  •  December 28, 2010 09:46 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

There’s a chance, albeit slight, that the environmentally-conscious celebrities who push these “green” vehicles will loan the Queensland police some of their SUVs, Hummers and limousines so they can have enough room for their equipment, but I’m not counting on it:

Queensland Police have been left red-faced over its choice of new “green” patrol cars. The service boasts it is going green, taking delivery of 100 hybrid Toyota Camrys. Shame no one checked the boot size. Frontline officers say the boots of the new patrol cars are too small to carry all their essential equipment, including flak jackets and emergency equipment.

They can’t put it on the back seats – that’s where the criminals go – leaving them little option but to ditch it, or keep it under their feet in the front.

And the front seats are already a tight squeeze for officers wearing accoutrement belts and cargo pants.

The police union said the decision showed how far removed top brass were from the frontline that they could approve cars that aren’t big enough to be useful.

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) boasts about its green car choice in this year’s annual report, saying its “smarter vehicle purchases” meant it had “the most operationally suitable vehicles”

Proposed new rule: Nobody should be forced to drive a car that can’t easily fit Al Gore’s BS in the trunk.

In general, is it wise, given the apparent fact that an increasingly hotter planet is destined to bury everyone in several feet of snow, to be making people drive smaller cars? It’s a good thing Noah wasn’t a Gorebot, or he’d have told everybody ride out the flood in something the size of a gravy boat — and kept the Ark for himself, of course.

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The Queensland SWAT team, above, arrives on the scene of a hostage situation in their new “green” vehicles

(h/t David Burge)

**Written by Doug Powers

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