Tuesday 25 July 2017

Fuel error proves costly for drivers

Treacy Hogan Environment Correspondent

ONE in 10 motorists who switched to diesel cars because of government tax hikes have mistakenly put petrol in their fuel tanks at a cost of thousands of euro.

The Automobile Association (AA) has so far this year helped 200 distressed drivers who put petrol into their diesel engines.

The cost of repairing cars where the fuel has circulated can run to thousands of euro, an AA report warned yesterday.

While some garages have fitted diesel nozzles which do not fit into petrol tanks, others don't have these installed as standard.

David Murphy, of AA technical services, says that even when a car filled with the wrong fuel has not been started, garages face a long and labour intensive job to drain and clear the system. "And they will charge accordingly," he said.

Conor Faughnan, AA director of policy, said there had been a shift towards diesel fuel cars since the rise in carbon taxes and changes to vehicle registration tax.

"Old habits die hard," said Mr Faughnan. "Many motorists admitted to filling up with petrol in error after changing engines when concentration levels were low."

Drivers who put in the wrong fuel are warned not to turn on the ignition or start the engine as this will circulate the contaminated fuel.

Irish Independent

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