New Look City Police Cars To Be White

Posted: September 26, 1986

The blue-and-white Philadelphia police fleet will soon go the way of the old police "red cars."

Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker has decided to gradually make white the color of the fleet, a move he said would make police cruisers and vans more visible, especially at night. The use of one color also would save the city between $300,000 and $400,000 yearly on the cost for the two-tone paint jobs, Tucker said.

In an interview yesterday, Tucker said that he had not decided on the color and style of emblems and logos on the new cars and vans, but that a study resolving the issue should be completed within the next two weeks.

When will "white cars" begin to appear on city streets?

"The public may see some limited numbers next spring," said Tucker, who stressed that the current cars will not be repainted but that new police cars will be ordered in white.

The color of the fleet was changed to blue and white in the early 1970s on orders of Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, who felt that red emergency vehicles were synonymous with the Fire Department and that blue was a police color.

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