Chile receives first vehicles under US$29mn police fleet renewal plan
The government of Chile has received the first vehicles under its 29-million-dollar initiative to acquire 1,054 police vehicles for the Carabineros, the country’s law enforcement police.
A total of 236 vehicles have been delivered, being 90 Nissan X-trail 4x4 SUVs and 146 Toyota Corolla XEI 2.0 sedans. By year end, another 450 vehicles will be incorporated into the national police force, local news portal Info Defensa reported.
The acquisition is part of President Gabriel Boric’s plan to renew the fleet by the end of his four-year term which started in March 2022.
This initiative alone does not seem to be enough, however. According to the administration, some 55% of the country’s 6,000 police vehicles today have already reached their useful life (3,300 units) and 100% will need renewing by the end of the president’s term.
photo: Carabineros fleet (courtesy of Chile's presidential press)