A police force had to spend thousands of pounds fixing vehicles after officers put petrol in diesel cars — despite “talking” fuel caps warning them not to.
Officers from Essex Police used the wrong fuel 332 times in the past seven years at a cost of £62,000.
Figures disclosed by a Freedom of Information Request show that police chiefs were first alerted to the problem in 2008. They decided to take action by installing yellow fuel caps and a warning system on each car at a total cost of £4,000.
But despite the precaution, diesel police cars were wrongly filled with petrol 110 times in the following two years.
Filler caps at £4,000 a car! Why couldn’t they’ve just written above the filler in felt tip?