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Details: It has proved quite difficult to keep up to date with changes in the Sovereign Recovery fleet, particularly their vans. Various makes and models have been used in recent years, the latest known deliveries being a batch of four Ford Transits and two Mercedes-Benz Vitos in winter 2016/2017. GL66UMX, one of the Transits, was parked at Marble Arch on 31st March 2018 and was joined briefly by earlier Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van EJ63OZA. The similarity in size and general configuration is notable. The Ford is an L4H3 (long-wheelbase extended-length, high-roof) Mk8 van with two light-bars and a curious sunshield-like object on the front of the bonnet. It carries fleetnumber SV325 and is lettered as both an 'Incident Support Unit' (along the top) and 'Engineering Support' (above the skirt, not visible in this view). The other three Fords are probably similar but I have not yet seen photos (hint....).

EJ63OZA has featured on LTSV before, but several changes are apparent. The bull-bars and chrome mirror covers have gone, as have the red chevrons along the skirt and the yellow stripes on the side of the bonnet. It still has its sunshield (in the more normal location!) and has recently gained fleetnumber SV319.

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