We like a laugh here at GWA, as you well know. But this is NO laughing matter, well not much anyway, because we learn that police put the wrong fuel into vehicles 299 times in 2017, costing forces £53,000!

New figures have revealed that officers from West Midlands police misfuelled the most cars, with 66 instances costing the force £3,737 in total.

And while the Metropolitan police had fewer incidents, at 49, the cost to the capital’s police was much higher, at £17,589. Police Scotland logged 16 misfueling incidents, for a total bill of £2,004.

Gary Mallett, fleet manager with West Midlands Police, said wrong fuelling incidents increased when the force stopped using internal police pumps and switched to external garages in order to save money.

Hmmm…OK then Gary!

Edmund King, president of the AA, has it about right, we reckon. He said: “Perhaps we need a little more detective work at the pumps to ensure that the right fuel goes in the right car.”