Thousands poured into fixing Cumbria police vehicles
Last updated at 14:45, Tuesday, 22 July 2014
POLICE officers in Cumbria have cost the taxpayer more than £9,000 over the last five years – after filling up their cars with the wrong fuel.
A total of £9,377.09 has been spent to repair and flush out police vehicles which have been topped up with the incorrect fuel type, according to a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Evening Mail.
There have been 28 incidents of “misfuelling” by officers in the county between 2009 and 2014, with the cost of all the repairs being paid by the taxpayer.
Incidents have occurred in ten different policing districts over the past five years, including Barrow, Ulverston, Kendal and Windermere.
The largest annual bill was in 2009/10 when a total of £4,879.59 was needed to drain police vehicles and put them back on the roads. This figure is bigger than the other four years combined.
In 2010/11, £1,544.47 was spent on repairs, and the figures for 2011/12 and 2012/13 were £1,974.99 and £343.93 respectively.
Last year, the figure was £634.09 – with just two incidents taking place in Barrow and Penrith.
Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley, of Cumbria police, admitted “mistakes can happen” while refilling cars, but said the number of incidents had been declining over the years.
He said: “Cumbria Constabulary operates a mixed fleet of both petrol and diesel vehicles with a gradual move towards more diesel vehicles.
“Overall, the misfuelling rate has decreased since 2009/10. We ensure that every vehicle has a clear indication of which fuel is required on fuel flaps and vehicle log books.
“In addition, manufacturers are now integrating preventative misfuelling technology which helps to avoid these situations. We remind staff about the consequences of misfuelling a vehicle but unfortunately mistakes can happen.”
The AA says most incidents of misfuelling involve petrol being put into diesel vehicles as diesel pump nozzles are too large to fit into petrol fuel tanks.
First published at 14:43, Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Doh! How can we trust these upholders of law if they can't be trusted to fill up the publicly funded vehicles with the right juice!
Take it out of their wages!
Yes!But how much has been paid out in Councillors expenses and travel allowance.COME ON NWEMAIL ANSWERS PLEASE.