Pressure on business drivers brings misfuel burden for fleets
Increasing pressure on business drivers is driving the number of misfuel incidents a year, according to the AA.
Data from November 2017 revealed that nearly 60% of the AA’s Fuel Assist service call-outs came from the AA’s business customers, who put the wrong fuel in company-owned vehicles when under stress or in an unfamiliar location.
Fleets are not only having to bear the brunt of vehicle downtime as a result but also the cost of repairs – according to the AA, misfuelling errors can cost between £500 and £3,000.
West Midlands Police recently disclosed nearly 300 incidents of misfuelling in 2017, costing more than £53,000 in repairs.
“Misfuelling can potentially costs businesses thousands of pounds in repair costs, not to mention time in lost revenue while drivers wait for their vehicle to be fixed,” said Donald MacSporran, director, manufacturer services at the AA.