Mahinang klase! PNP disappointed with Columbian’s substandard Mahindra patrol cars – COA
What a lemon! This is what the majority of the Philippine National Police feels about the 2,054 patrol cars sold by Columbian-Mahindra of bilyonaryo Pepito Alvarez.
In a report by the Commission on Audit, a survey by the PNP showed that more than half or 57 percent of the 1,278 police respondents were “unsatisfied” with the Columbian-Mahindra Enforcer and Scorpio with only 16 percent satisfied and the balance 27 percent undecided.
The complaints raised against the Columbian-Mahindra vehicles are:
1) High fuel consumption
2) Tough maneuverability due to narrow body/
3) Difficulty in acceleration at higher speed (can’t exceed 100 kph)
4) Low engine performance
5) Emission of heavy smoke
6) Limited interior space, poor stability and strong vibrations
7) gas and brake pedal to close to each other
8) Limited steering wheel clearances, defective handbrakes
9) Whistling noise, burnt wire odor inside car
10) Defective spare parts, poor after sales service, and too few service centers
COA questioned why the PNP advised the National Police Commission to lower the capability standards for its patrol cars – lower capacity, lower speed, smaller body – which led to inferior vehicles way below the minimum requirement of the police. COA said these “unsound changes” led to “frequent breakdowns, poor after sales services and limited availability of spare parts.”
COA noted that these complaints showed that the PNP purchase did not comply with the need to prioritize fuel efficient cars to ensure police visibility.
COA said these complains have been made as early as four months after the first batch of Columbian-Mahindra vehicles were delivered in May 2015 but still proceeded with getting Alvarez as the winning bidder in subsequent biddings.
“The PNP has been aware of the current defects of the earlier delivered Mahindra Enforcers and should have been a warning to take a second look on the capability and reliability of the Mahindra manufacturer and he vehicles themselves knowing that the end-users encountered mechanical defects and the limited availability of spare parts not to mention is prohibitive maintenance cost,” COA said.
The respondents were puzzled why PNP picked Columbian-Mahindra when there were other traditional, proven brands that have been operating in the country.
Alvarez, a campaign supporter of the Liberal Party specifically losing presidential bet Mar Roxas, won the biddings for the PNP patrol cars in 2015 which amounted to a total of P1.89 billion.