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panda car

A popular term for a small to mid-sized police car in the UK, so named because the original cars were painted with large panels of black (or light blue) and white. In modern police cars the large panel design has been retained, but the standard colours are white, lemon yellow and French blue on the sides and diagonals of orange and yellow on the rear.

Ambulances in the UK also have the “panda” panel design with a base of white or pale yellow and panels of fluorescent yellow and emerald green and, like the police cars, diagonals of orange and yellow on the rear.
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He said: "When they brought in Panda cars and took the bobby off the beat it made policing less personal.
The ban was imposed after an e-mail was sent to staff telling them they would be using police cars without authority if they chose to use panda cars to buy snacks while on duty.
I READ with interest your small article and photo of police panda cars in 1967.
Otherwise we might end up with Team Marlboro panda cars and coppers with stickers all over their helmets.
Violence flared when the crowd attacked two panda cars as night fell.
Residents on the road awoke to find their homes surrounded by police officers, panda cars and dog handlers and were told to stay indoors for their own safety.
Third, they were driving panda cars and wearing big blue helmets.
But the current problems are made worse, say residents, because inconsiderate police officers are parking their panda cars in private spaces reserved for residents on the estate, run by the Optima Community Association.
To tackle the problem, the police left their panda cars at the station and went out on off-road police motorbikes.
An onlooker revealed: "They tried to stop it but the spikes blew out the tyres on one of the panda cars.
Panda cars left at car crime hotspots are already used as a successful deterrent against thieves in Walsall.
The vehicles, which include armed response vehicles, squad cars and panda cars, make up nearly a quarter of the Met's 4,250-strong fleet.