The Broads Authority has added nine Toyota Hilux double cabs to its fleet for use by rangers and construction maintenance teams across its sites around the Broads.

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With a real need for reliable, excellent off-road robust vehicles that meet the needs of the Broads onsite teams, the organisation favoured buying the Toyota Hilux HL2 Double Cabs from Dingles Toyota in Delft Way, Norwich.

Dingles managing director John Dingle said: “It’s great to be able to supply these vehicles to the Broads Authority. Our commitment to customer care does not just end at our retail customers but our business users also experience the unique difference that Dingles provides. We are proud of our association with the authority and my thanks go to Brendon Lansdowne, our business centre manager, for all his work involved with the purchase.”

The Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway. Holding national park status it is home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK. The Broads Authority was set up in 1989 and holds responsibility for conservation, planning, recreation and waterways.

The cars will be used by rangers in their bid to patrol the Broads sites and maintain surrounding countryside. They will carry equipment for countryside management and attend events to tell people about the Broads and the work of the authority. The construction and maintenance team undertakes a variety of duties, from dredging mud to maintaining the moorings, and so again needs vehicles that can accommodate tools with a good towing capacity.

Rob Holman, Broads Authority director of resources, said: “The authority is striving to reduce its CO2 emissions at every opportunity and these vehicles will help us achieve that – and save money.

“Our rangers and construction and maintenance teams need vehicles that have a good towing and carrying capacity, together with the ability to ‘rough it’ off-road. The new Toyota Hilux met all our operational requirements and will cut the equivalent of their own weight in CO2 emissions in a year compared to some of our existing vehicles.

“They are much more fuel-efficient and buying them, as opposed to leasing our current fleet, will save us a significant sum within a few years. It goes to show that going green is not always more expensive.”

The 4WD Toyota Hilux HL2 Double Cab costs £18,290 (commercial vehicle on the road price) has a 144bhp 2.5-litre D-4D engine with a combined fuel consumption figure of 38.7mpg. Features include air conditioning, auto disconnecting differential, rear locking differential, remote central locking and heated electrically-adjustable door mirrors.

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