Police officers filled nearly 300 times patrol cars with the wrong kind of fuel in 2017 – at a cost of more than £ 50,000 in repairs.
The TaxPayers & # 39; Alliance described the numbers released by the Press Association after a Freedom of Information investigation as "wavering."
Of the 45 British police forces, 40 responded and 33 admitted to paying for repairs to a police vehicle after a failure last year ̵
West Midlands Police had the worst record in misfueling (Joe Giddens / PA)
299 cases of misfuelling were registered and cost a total of £ 53,337
The West Midlands Police recorded the most incidents – £ 66, at a cost of £ 3,737  Police had 49 police incidents that cost in total £ 17,589.57 to repair, while Police Scotland had 16, cost £ 2,004.92. John O'connell, chief executive of the pressure group the TaxPayers Alliance, said: "It is shocking that such a simple mistake is made almost daily. " This careless attitude shows a lack of respect to the same taxpayers who both pay their wages and are forced to pay for the repairs.
"Millions of people cope with this task with their own cars by providing a minimum of care – police officers should equip their vehicles with the same courtesy."
Gary Mallett, the fleet manager of the West Midlands Police, said the mistakes increased after 2013, when the armed forces moved from internal gas stations and fuel keys to external service stations in a cost-cutting campaign. 19659005] He said, "We saw a large increase in the number of driving errors in 2013-14 and fixed this by informing users and local drivers about the volume and cost of the error.
" We also identified all the vehicles with fuel t (19659005) "This has had a positive effect, with a 53% reduction in the number of defective fuels, but more importantly, a 90% reduction in actual repair costs.
" We regularly remind employees and this continues to affect the reduction of the problem. "
A Met spokesman said his vehicles had been refueled 1.5 million times since 2008 and had made mistakes – a small fraction of the total refueling."
The spokesman added: "The MPS operates a mixed fleet of gasoline and diesel vehicles with a gradual transition to more gasoline, hybrid and electric vehicles Overall, the misfuel rate drops from year to year.
"We make sure that every vehicle has a clear indication of what fuel is needed on fuel filler caps and vehicle log books."
Motorists believe the problem will be completely eliminated when the police adopts more electric cars
Edmund King, president of AA, said, "Maybe we need a little more detective work on the pumps to make sure the right fuel Getting into the right car.
"Until all the police cars are electric, we'll probably still see miscarrying problems.
A spokesperson for the National Police Chiefs & # 39; Council said: "Mishandling of police vehicles is relatively rare, especially considering that armed forces have thousands of vehicles that are constantly required and required frequent refueling.
"Police drivers will often switch from one vehicle to another depending on operational requirements, which can increase the likelihood of errors. " Some forces are already using electronic systems that have completely eliminated misfuelling, and at national level we are setting similar technological improvements to where it is considered best value for money. "
Essex, Kent and Sussex have not responded to the FOI request, Cambridgeshire refused to respond, while the Northern Ireland police said it had no
City of London, Durham, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Dyfed-Powys have stupefied no cars. 19659032] Advertising