Mis-fuelling of motor vehicles

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Dear Avon & Somerset Constabulary,

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

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Nick Panchaud
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Date 15th September 2010
Dear Mr Panchaud

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the mis-fuelling of motor vehicles. This request will be dealt with under
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Nick Panchaud
[FOI #46932 email] Our Reference 546/10
Your reference
Date 17 September 2010

Dear Mr Panchaud

I write in connection with your request for information dated 15^th
September concerning the mis-fuelling of motor vehicles.

Specifically you asked:

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.

Your request for information has now been considered and the information
asked for is below.

Q1. Avon and Somerset Constabulary currently have 1056 diesel vehicles
operating within their fleet. Records in respect of misfueling are only
held for this current financial year and I can

confirm that since April there have been 5 misfuel incidents.

Q2. The direct cost this year is £925.22

Q3. All vehicles are owned by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Officer

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Department

Please note:

1. Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may
contain a link to additional information, which may provide
you with further clarification.
2. Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order
to seek clarification, all other communication should be made
in writing.
3. Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review
procedure (copy attached).

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