Civil enforcement officers in Peterborough are reducing their carbon footprint and swapping to electric vehicles to get around the city thanks to the Travelchoice initiative.
From Monday (24 June 2013) officers are changing their old petrol-burning motors for new state of the art electric Nissan Leafs.
The existing vehicles used by the officers were over 10 years old and reaching the end of their working life. The three new vehicles have been funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which is a grant from the Department of Transport and comes at no cost to the city council.
The Nissan Leafs have been supplied by Peterborough company, Smith Nissan which is based on Bretton Way. They will also save the council money on fuel and maintenance costs as well as the vehicles producing zero tailpipe emissions.
The decision to choose the Nissan Leafs came after officers took part in an electric vehicle trial day last year and were impressed by their performance.
There are four electric chargepoints in the city centre which are free to use. They are located on City Road, Park Road, the Car Haven car park and St Peter’s Road.
Civil enforcement officers patrol the city enforcing traffic regulation orders to create a safer and free flowing road network and issue penalty charge notices to offending drivers.