London police pay £200,000 for putting wrong fuel in cars
The Metropolitan police force put the wrong fuel into its fleet of cars on 612 occasions in the last three years, at a cost to the taxpayer of £200,000.
Every time a petrol car has to be fixed after being filled with diesel or vice versa, it costs up to £1,400.
According to an investigation by The Evening Standard, the Met had to fix 282 of its 652 patrol cars, 52 fast response vehicles, and 278 general purpose vehicles between 2008 and this year.
However, a Met spokesman did try to play down the numbers, saying that its vehicles are filled 320,000 times a year, meaning the 612 errors were made out of 960,000 fill ups.
Still, £200,000 would buy a lot of anti misfuel devices, and probably leave a hefty chunk of change for use of policing.