Eight recommendations to tackle fuel drive-offs

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A Victorian parliamentary committee has made eight recommendations to tackle the problem of people driving away without paying for fuel.

Key recommendations from the Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee include

  • a state-wide fuel drive-offs education campaign developed in partnership between Victoria Police, Crime Stoppers Victoria and the fuel retail industry;
  • six monthly forums conducted by Victoria Police with the fuel retail industry to discuss the issue of fuel drive-offs and ways of dealing with it;
  • Victoria Police to develop a guide for industry on fuel drive-off prevention; and
  • the Victorian Government to consider measures to assist the fuel retail sector implement prepayment systems to prevent fuel drive‑offs.

“This report is the culmination of an inquiry that heard from industry, government, law enforcement and community representatives,” Committee Chair Geoff Howard said.

“Our recommendations recognise that a partnership approach is important in dealing with fuel drive-offs and the theft of fuel,” he said.

“The Committee heard about the costs of fuel drive-offs to business as well as the recent efforts of Victoria Police to investigate and reduce the incidence of fuel theft.

“Our recommendations outline further opportunities for cooperation between government, industry and law enforcement so that fuel drive‑offs can be reduced into the future.”

The Committee’s report is available from the Committee's website.

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