Sussex Police's £870k car repairs bill

A Sussex Police car after a crash in Hove last year

A Sussex Police car after a crash in Hove last year

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Sussex Police spent nearly £1 million on car repairs after officers collided with other cars, animals and put the wrong fuel in their vehicles.

The force has forked out £870,913 since the start of 2012 after a number of costly incidents putting vehicles out of action.

The force’s fleet, including Fords, Audis and BMWs, was involved in 814 incidents at a cost of £375,476 in 2012.

The figure rose last year when 825 incidents cost police chiefs a further £410,438. An additional £85,000 has already been racked up this year.

Some of the dearest incidents included £11,000 repairs when a police vehicle went through a red light before hitting another car, £5,300 when officers rear-ended another vehicle and £16,000 when a police car crashed while overtaking another vehicle.

The force also paid more than £4,000 after numerous incidents where officers put the wrong type of fuel in their cars and more than £10,000 after collisions with animals.

Police vehicles were also targeted by vandals, with criminal damage costing over £8,000.

A force spokeswoman said: “The figures provided include all incidents where damage was caused to Sussex Police vehicles, including those where third parties were responsible.

“Sussex Police recovers its vehicle damage costs from negligent third party drivers where possible and there are still some outstanding recovery amounts for incidents occurring in 2013. Therefore the figures provided do not reflect the final position.

“All Sussex Police vehicle incidents are reviewed by a dedicated panel every month and where appropriate, action is taken in cases where the Sussex Police driver is responsible.

"Action taken can be management advice, additional training or in extreme cases, the restriction or revocation of driver permits. We have a contract with nearby police forces to reduce costs of repair as far as possible.”

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11:01am Tue 15 Apr 14

StevieD says...

Police cars are a tool to fight crime, occasionally there is bound to be an accident or damage. Considering the 24 hour use of these vehicles this has to be considered part of the everyday operational budget?
Police cars are a tool to fight crime, occasionally there is bound to be an accident or damage. Considering the 24 hour use of these vehicles this has to be considered part of the everyday operational budget? StevieD
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11:42am Tue 15 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

There is no excuse for officers putting the wrong type of fuel into a police car. If they make this sort of stupid mistake they should have the cost taken out of their own salaries.

Put a clear label on each police car by the hole for putting fuel in.
There is no excuse for officers putting the wrong type of fuel into a police car. If they make this sort of stupid mistake they should have the cost taken out of their own salaries. Put a clear label on each police car by the hole for putting fuel in. getThisCoalitionOut
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11:52am Tue 15 Apr 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Police apologist alert I see!
As a council-tax payer I with others am paying for this abysmal negligence & recklessness.
Sussex finest - what a laugh!
Police apologist alert I see! As a council-tax payer I with others am paying for this abysmal negligence & recklessness. Sussex finest - what a laugh! Tailgaters Anonymous
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12:55pm Tue 15 Apr 14

brightonaire says...

What hope is there when they can't even put the right pipe in the right hole.
What hope is there when they can't even put the right pipe in the right hole. brightonaire
  • Score: -3

1:58pm Tue 15 Apr 14

derekhunt says...

These numbers don’t seem too bad to me. Bearing in mind the amount of time they spend on the roads, often driving at high speeds.

It gives the amount of incidents but not the size of the fleet so we don’t know if this is 5% of the fleet that have had an accident or 75%

Helpful as ever
These numbers don’t seem too bad to me. Bearing in mind the amount of time they spend on the roads, often driving at high speeds. It gives the amount of incidents but not the size of the fleet so we don’t know if this is 5% of the fleet that have had an accident or 75% Helpful as ever derekhunt
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5:30pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Dave At Home says...

derekhunt wrote:
These numbers don’t seem too bad to me. Bearing in mind the amount of time they spend on the roads, often driving at high speeds.

It gives the amount of incidents but not the size of the fleet so we don’t know if this is 5% of the fleet that have had an accident or 75%

Helpful as ever
Yeah working out the figures, the per rata figures seem very reasonable, just under £500 per repair last year, cheaper than my garage for sure.
[quote][p][bold]derekhunt[/bold] wrote: These numbers don’t seem too bad to me. Bearing in mind the amount of time they spend on the roads, often driving at high speeds. It gives the amount of incidents but not the size of the fleet so we don’t know if this is 5% of the fleet that have had an accident or 75% Helpful as ever[/p][/quote]Yeah working out the figures, the per rata figures seem very reasonable, just under £500 per repair last year, cheaper than my garage for sure. Dave At Home
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6:08pm Tue 15 Apr 14

NathanAdler says...

Police drivers think they are so special, it's unbelievable. I respect the police, but the arrogance of them all because they have been on a two week driving course is far too great.

And they should realise that driving a piddling 55 mile per hour on the A23 and 27 CAUSES accidents when dappy old trollops and bearded business men slam on the anchors like Billy-O and daren't overtake them !!
Police drivers think they are so special, it's unbelievable. I respect the police, but the arrogance of them all because they have been on a two week driving course is far too great. And they should realise that driving a piddling 55 mile per hour on the A23 and 27 CAUSES accidents when dappy old trollops and bearded business men slam on the anchors like Billy-O and daren't overtake them !! NathanAdler
  • Score: 1

8:50pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Brighton Living says...

Don't see the point of spending £90k on high spec cars when all they do is call out the helicopter every time something happens. Do the police really need range rover ect cant they simply use less expensive ones for half the cost.
Don't see the point of spending £90k on high spec cars when all they do is call out the helicopter every time something happens. Do the police really need range rover ect cant they simply use less expensive ones for half the cost. Brighton Living
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