Police rack up a startling £2.3m of damage every year – while parking
8 June 2007

PC Mark Milton may allegedly be skilled enough to drive at 159mph without being a danger to the public, but his colleagues are a hazard at less than a tenth of that speed.Information from 31 forces across the UK and Wales shows that low-speed parking accidents involving police cars have cost the taxpayer £2,348,757 over the past three years. Most of the incidents involved officers reversing into bollards, buildings or other cars. As a result of high insurance policy excesses, it's cheaper for the force to pay for repairs using taxpayers' money rather than by claiming on the insurance.The 7348 accidents that have caused this enormous bill left 105 officers suffering from whiplash or shock, despite the fact that most incidents took place during minor parking manoeuvres or three-point turns.The data was released under the Freedom of Information Act, but many forces refused to respond, including the Metropolitan Police, which seemed unwilling to publish figures regarding its 23,600 vehicles.So next time you see a police car parking, give it a wide berth, just to be on the safe side.

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