Mis-fuelling of motor vehicles

Nick Panchaud made this Freedom of Information request to Chelmsford City Council

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Dear Chelmsford Borough 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

FOI Mailbox, Chelmsford City Council


Dear Mr. Panchaud,

With reference to your Freedom of information request of the 16th. September, 2010.

I would reply as follows:-

Q1. 85 motor vehicles. There have NO instances when a vehicle has been mis-fuelled.

Q2. N/A

Q3. The Council does not use a leasing company.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. L. Oliver
Legal Services FOI Officer
Corporate Services
Chelmsford Borough Council
T: (01245) 606435
Accredited with the IiP Gold Standard

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