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Taxpayers have forked out for a Jeep Patriot with Bose surround sound system for a road sweeping superintendent.

The vehicle, which sells in Bermuda for about $55,000, was purchased following a year-long search, with several other vehicles deemed inappropriate because of fears pole saws could be stolen from the back, according to a Public Works spokesman.

Government revealed the information in response to questions from

The Royal Gazette, after we received complaints from union members claiming money was being wasted on luxuries when they're asked to make personal sacrifices.

The superintendent's responsibilities are said to include road clearing after natural disasters, oil spills and other debris. Members claim one of the cars deemed unsuitable, a Toyota Hilux, has been the vehicle of choice in Asia in the aftermath of natural disasters such as flooding.

“A superintendent with the road sweeping crew had been using a Jeep for almost 30 years, was quite happy with the vehicle and did not wish a new vehicle,” said the Works spokesman yesterday.

“However, the maintenance team at the Government Quarry was adamant that it needed to be replaced as repair bills were getting far too expensive.

“The superintendent asked for a vehicle that was similar to the Jeep: a four-wheel drive vehicle that could carry equipment such as pole saws without the risk of them being stolen.

“During the winter of 2010 personnel at the Quarry tried to convince the superintendent to use a Toyota Hilux but this was deemed unacceptable since the open back meant tools were likely to be stolen.

“The Superintendent continued to drive his Jeep for over a year whilst several other vehicles were considered.

“However, none had the capability to carry pole saws in a closed environment. A Jeep was eventually chosen as it satisfied the requirements.

“The 'standard' Jeep Patriot which was eventually selected after this lengthy process was eventually chosen.

“This vehicle comes standard onto the Island with leather seats and a Bose surround sound system. It should be important to note that this was not something that was requested.”

Government did not respond when asked how much money had been spent on the Jeep.

Works and Engineering bought this top of the range Jeep for a road sweeping superintendent.

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Published March 07, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated March 07, 2012 at 8:51 am)

Jeep Patriot with surround sound for road sweeping boss

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