Mis-fuelling of motor vehicles

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Dear Allerdale District Council,

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 Council 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

Dear Allerdale District Council,

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Nick Panchaud

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Dear Freedom of Information (foi),

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 Council.

Q2. The number of occasions any of these vehicles has been misfilled with petrol requiring unscheduled servicing during each of the last two years.

Q3. Please provide the total direct cost associated with the mis-fuelling events.

Q4. If the motor vehicles are owned/maintained by a leasing company please provide the name of the leasing company.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Panchaud

Gilbert, Andrew, Allerdale Borough Council

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Our Ref: F10/00336

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This matter is being dealt with by:

Information and Records Officer

Direct Line: 01900 702701

Fax: 01900 702908

Email: [Allerdale District Council request email]

27 October 2010

Mr Nick Panchaud

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Dear Mr Panchaud

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Thank you for your request for information about mis-filling of vehicles.
This was dated and received on 27 October 2010.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
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Our Ref:           F10/00336

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This matter is being dealt with by:-

Information and Records Officer

Telephone No:     (01900) 702701

Fax No:                (01900) 702908

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24 November 2010

Mr Nick Panchaud

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Dear Mr Panchaud

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request

Thank you for your request for information on the misfiling of diesel
vehicles with petrol. This was dated and received on 27 October 2010. The
request has now been considered and the response is below.

You asked:

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
Council.

    

Q2. The number of occasions any of these vehicles has been misfilled with
petrol requiring unscheduled servicing during each of the last two years.

    

Q3. Please provide the total direct cost associated with the mis-fuelling
events.

    

Q4. If the motor vehicles are owned/maintained by a leasing company please
provide the name of the leasing company.

In answer to your request the council can confirm that it has 27 diesel
vehicles in operation (including four dual-fuel vehicles which only ever
run on diesel). In the period stated there have been three cases where a
diesel vehicle was misfiled with petrol. One incident only involved a
small amount of fuel and there were no costs involved. The other two
incidents involved the loss of a tank of fuel, which it has been estimated
cost around £60 each, and a recovery costing £31.50. All vehicles
involved were not owned by leasing companies.

I hope this satisfies your enquiry, however if you are dissatisfied with
the information provided please contact the Information and Records
Officer within two months of receipt of this letter at Allerdale Borough
Council, Allerdale House, Workington CA14 3YJ, phone (01900) 702701, email
[1][Allerdale District Council request email]. We will then make an internal review of the
decision.

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Andrew Gilbert

Information and Records Officer

Allerdale Borough Council
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