Mis-fuelling of motor vehicles

Nick Panchaud made this Freedom of Information request to South Yorkshire Police

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Dear South Yorkshire Police,

Mis-filling of motor vehicles with the wrong fuel is a major issue in the UK with the costs of doing so ranging from £300 for a simple drain and flush through of the tank to over £5000 for those unfortunate enough to irreparably damage their engine. The AA has estimated that 150,000 such events occur each year. In addition, there is a heavy cost in terms of missed appointments and inconvenience.

Q1. Please provide the number of diesel vehicles currently operated by the Police department and the number of occasions any of these vehicles has been misfilled with petrol requiring unscheduled servicing during each of the last two years.

Q2. Please provide the total direct cost associated with the mis-fuelling events.

Q3. If the motor vehicles are owned/maintained by a leasing company please provide the name of the leasing company.

Yours faithfully,

Nick Panchaud

South Yorkshire Police

Re your request (reference number above):

Q1. Please provide the number of diesel vehicles currently operated
by the Police department and the number of occasions any of these
vehicles has been misfilled with petrol requiring unscheduled
servicing during each of the last two years.

Q2. Please provide the total direct cost associated with the
mis-fuelling events.

Q3. If the motor vehicles are owned/maintained by a leasing company
please provide the name of the leasing company.

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With regard to your request in relation to:

"Q1. Please provide the number of diesel vehicles currently operated
by the Police department and the number of occasions any of these
vehicles has been misfilled with petrol requiring unscheduled
servicing during each of the last two years.

Q2. Please provide the total direct cost associated with the
mis-fuelling events.

Q3. If the motor vehicles are owned/maintained by a leasing company
please provide the name of the leasing company."

RESPONSE

A1) South Yorkshire Police currently operates 661 diesel vehicles. A total
of two vehicles have been incorrectly filled with unleaded petrol during
the previous two years.

A2) 2008/2009 - **135.48
2009/2010 - **275.00

A3) The vehicles concerned are wholly owned by South Yorkshire Police and
therefore no information is held

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you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
The Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
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Yours sincerely

Philip Crick
Information Compliance Clerk
South Yorkshire Police
Information Compliance Unit
Professional Standards Department
Unit 20 Sheffield 35A Business Park
Churchill Way
Sheffield
S35 2PY

Email - [South Yorkshire Police request email]

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