Ford's Innovative Prison-mobiles : News
It’s not every day that a car company introduces a vehicle by touting how unhappy the occupants will be. Well, Ford’s press release for its new Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle (Transit PTV) does just that, proclaiming: “[The] Only People Not Thrilled About Riding in All-New Ford Transit? Prisoners.” We have to imagine prisoners have a lot of other sources of dismay besides riding in a special Transit van, but points to Ford for its corrections officer–esque sense of whimsy.
As you’ve probably surmised, the Transit PTV essentially is a modern-day paddy wagon developed with input from Ford’s Police Advisory Board—a group of law-enforcement officials from across North America—and Havis Prisoner Transport Solutions. (Fun fact: Havis also provides less restrictive furniture and organizational solutions to businesses focused on the freer citizenry.) The PTV is based on a long-wheelbase, medium-roof version of the new Transit, and it can carry up to 12 prisoners in three separate compartments.
One photo shows bench seating for six in the rearmost compartment, complete with a wall-mounted strap for cuffed hooligans to grasp so they don’t fly around the back like salt in a shaker when crossing railroad tracks or trundling down pockmarked back alleys. It all looks appropriately uncomfortable, and the two ultratight side compartments accessible through the Transit’s sliding rear doors look fit for Hannibal Lecter (each cell can seat two, so give the ol’ people-eater’s invite a plus one). It doesn’t appear as though any human face muzzles or straitjackets are provided, but we’re sure police and corrections departments can source their own if need be.
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