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The familiar police traffic patrol vehicle livery was designed by a team at Loughborough Design School. Their brief was to determine a suitable common standard of markings which enhances, at a distance, conspicuity and recognition as a police vehicle. Trials were conducted across 12 UK police forces. Additional services have now adopted the livery including ambulance, fire and rescue, National Blood Service, HM Coastguard, mountain rescue, rail response and the Highways Agency.

In developing the liveries, the Loughborough team paid attention to key human factors principles to ensure that the final design was acceptable to the majority of users. Previous research relating to visual perception identified factors relevant to distinguishing objects against their backgrounds. A range of ergonomics methodologies including laboratory, field and road trials were used to assess livery performance and data was gathered on practical considerations of cost, durability and repair.

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