Mis-fuelling of motor vehicles

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Dear Cheshire 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

Cheshire Constabulary

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Dear Mr Panchaud,

I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 as set out below:

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.

In accordance with section 1(1) (b) of the Act our response is provided
below;

Question 1: 517. miss fuelled 43

Question 2: £7,430.96, includes repairs & recovery

Question 3: N/A

If I can be of any further assistance in this matter, please do not
hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with the decision applied in this case I enclose
for your attention a copy of the Constabulary's appeal procedures.

(See attached file: FOI Appeals Procedures.Final version.doc)

Regards

John Gannon
Information Compliance
Tel: 01244 614176

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