Loan of Vehicles for Royalty and Specialist Protection

Reference code: 
PCD 111
Date signed: 
14 December 2016
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP) are reliant on short term vehicles for their surge requirements for special and state events. The loan arrangement with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) stabilizes the requirement to have additional vehicles during major events.


The DMPC is asked to approve the offer from Jaguar Land Rover to provide the MPS with 16 vehicles on long term loan at nil cost and make up to 300 vehicles available on short term, ad hoc loans over a five year period.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The loan arrangement with JLR will provide the MPS with the additional capacity that is required to meet surges in demand for vehicles during major events. 

1.2.    The operational demand of RaSP is extremely varied and is reflective of political and Royal activities, most of which are irregular and some of which have little planning notice. The RaSP has a need for flexibility in the availability of high quality vehicles, which are approved for the role profile. The hiring of such vehicles is a possibility but at a high cost.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    The RaSP has previously received loan vehicles from various manufacturers to meet their surge requirements. Manufacturers have been willing to loan vehicles to RaSP, as they benefit from their vehicles being seen at high profile events.

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    The MPS will benefit from not having to purchase or hire vehicles to support the surge requirements of the RaSP. There is currently no funding available to purchase vehicles, if the loan agreement were to be terminated.

3.2.    The ongoing revenue costs for the vehicles during the loan period will be funded from existing budgets. 

3.3.    Further details are discussed in the Part 2. 

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    S93 of the Police and Crime Act 1996 provides MOPAC, as the local policing body, may in connection with the discharge of any its functions; accepts gifts of money and gifts or loans of other property, on such terms as appear to be appropriate to the MOPAC. In relation to the terms, S93 enables the MOPAC to include terms providing for the commercial sponsorship of any activity of the MOPAC or the MPS

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    There are no direct equality or diversity implications arising from this report

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    None.

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