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Fuel pump blunders cost Essex force £42,000
Autocar
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20 October 2008

The Essex police force is to fit its fleet of patrol cars with talking devices that give an audible reminder intended to prevent filling diesel vehicles with petrol.

Essex officers have filled up with the wrong fuel 222 times over the last five years, resulting in a total repair bill of £42,000.

The device is activated by light when the fuel filler cap is opened, and repeats a recorded message stating ‘this is a diesel vehicle’ until turned off.

The number of private owners making blunders at the fuel pump have also increased. Since 1998 the RAC has seen a 385 per cent increase in the number of call-outs occurring as a result of cars being fuelled incorrectly.

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Zeddy 31 December 2008

Re: Essex police cars ask for diesel

happygolucki wrote:
Zeddy, mate, you're replying to a 3 month old post! Due to the unique way this country is Governed, the exchange rate has plumeted since then.

I was only too aware of that. Can a guy not rabble rouse?

happygolucki wrote:
Dont you just love Great Britain - run by the Scots for the Scots and not a damn thing you can do about it....

Ha! You better believe it!

We've had quite enough of your Union sh1te thank you very much.

scumster 31 December 2008

Re: Essex police cars ask for diesel

I think the Police have a horrible job, they deal with the worst aspects of society and then some.

However.....

Most of what is recruited today is recruited to deal with the halfwits who like to drink until they are f u c k wits and then fight people so you could argue we get the cops we deserve, they simply reflect the society they are picked to police. I think this is why when ordinary people interact with the police, they are often left very unhappy with the interaction. A cop telling me to mind my own business when he drives up my street the wrong way is simply unacceptable. I was polite and made a bit of a joke out of it, he reacted as I would expect a petulant child to reactexcept he was a copper who knows where I live should I complain. Who'd have imagined feeling like that about the Police in this country thirty years ago?

The problem is further embedded when those same cops move on to specialised roles because they are selected from an ever decreasing genelogical pool within the Police Service ergo traffic cops who will not exercise discretion because they are aggressive beat PC's in a previous life or detectives who arrest children for throwing snowballs because they are aggressive beat PC's in a previous life etc etc.

How can this be a surprise to anyone, I'd say sticking diesel in their tanks is the least of their problems frankly.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=P2rqJYvuVJg&feature=related
happygolucki 31 December 2008

Re: Essex police cars ask for diesel

Zeddy, mate, you're replying to a 3 month old post! Due to the unique way this country is Governed, the exchange rate has plumeted since then.

Try this simple experiment....

Drive at 32 in a 30 limit. When you get summoned on photographic evidence say "it was an honest mistake". See how much sympathy this gets you.

The fact is we all know that the average plod in his panda can't drive for toffee, breaks the very laws he/she will convict you for not obeying (that's corruption) and frankly is a bit of a bully. So when he/she ruins the engine of said panda don't be at all surprised that they dont have to pay for it like you and I. Just be thankful they didnt shoot you - beause they get promoted for that.

Had to laugh when this was on the telly back in September - the guy from the police Union said something like "come on, we all make mistakes...". Yes we do mate - but you fine us and take our licences for them!

Dont you just love Great Britain - run by the Scots for the Scots and not a damn thing you can do about it....