Mis-fuelling of motor vehicles

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Dear Merseyside 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

Merseyside Police

Dear Mr Panchaud,

Reference No : CD96/10 (please quote in all correspondence)

Thank you for your application for information dated 15/09/10, received by Merseyside Police on 15/09/10. I note that your are
seeking information relating to:

(paraphrased) : Vehicle Misfuelling

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Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
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Dear Mr Panchaud,

Response - FOIA Application - CD96/10 (please quote in all correspondence)

I write in connection with your request for information dated, 15/09/10,
which was received by Merseyside Police on 15/09/10. I note that you seek
access to the following information:

(paraphrased) : Information Re Incidences Of Misfuelling

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within Merseyside
Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can confirm that
the information that you requested is held by Merseyside Police.

Extent of searches to locate information.

To locate the information relevant to your request, searches were conducted
in the Vehicle Fleet Department.

Result of searches.

The searches located a number of records relevant to your request.


I have today decided to:

Disclose information related to your request numbered 1a) in full;

Fully exempt information related to your requests numbered 1b), 2 & 3
pursuant to the provisions of Section 12 time/cost of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000;

Your request for information, in relation to questions 1b), 2 & 3 has been
considered and I am not obliged to supply the information that you have

Section 17, Freedom of Information Act, 2000, requires Merseyside Police,
when refusing to provide such information (because the information is
exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:
(a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption

Due to the way in which the information is held, in order to provide
accurate information the records of each repair log would need to be
manually checked for the time period in question, this task would greatly
exceed the time/cost limits stipulated by the Act and as such is exempt per
Section 12.

Please find attached information relating to your request in the schedule

(See attached file: CD96-10 Response Table.doc)

Making a complaint or an appeal

Your attention is drawn to the sheet attached below which details your
rights of complaint.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or e-mail me, on the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours faithfully

Carl Dewhurst
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Information Access Unit
Fax: 0151 777 7099
E-mail: [Merseyside Police request email]

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