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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.  

A refuelling mishap occurs once every three minutes across the UK, according to AA data

A refuelling mishap occurs once every three minutes across the UK, according to AA data

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.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.