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May 12, 2010

Motorists alerted to lack of misfuelling cover

by Gill Montia

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Motorists alerted to lack of misfuelling cover

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) warns that damaged caused by misfuelling is not covered by nearly a third of motor insurance policies.

According to the Association, 150,000 misfuelling incidents take place each year and in 95% of cases, drivers put petrol into a diesel vehicle because the wider diesel filler neck takes the narrower unleaded nozzle.

BIBA technical and corporate affairs executive, Graeme Trudgill, argues that nobody is immune to misfuelling, with even the Metropolitan police spending nearly £280,000 to repair vehicles filled with the wrong fuel over the past four years.

He therefore urges motorists to speak to their insurance brokers to arrange a fully comprehensive policy that covers the risk.

A driver who is aware of having made the mistake should not start the vehicle and call their breakdown company immediately, as an insurer may refuse to pay out when a motorist knowingly drives a vehicle with the wrong fuel.

Monday morning and Friday evening are times to be extra vigilant at the filling station as drivers are often preoccupied in thinking about the week ahead or are in “rushing home for the weekend” mode, according to BIBA.

The cost of repairs can range from £300 for a fuel drain, to over £5,000 if the car is driven causing serious damage to the engine.


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