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Driving Offences

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government have taken to tackle the incidence of driving off without payment offences in relation to petrol retail. (156232)

It remains an offence under the Theft Act 1978 to make off without paying for goods with intent to avoid payment. However, changes were made in April 2005 to Home Office counting rules reflecting concerns expressed by police forces about the lack of consistency among forces in recording allegations of making off without payment offences.

Many police forces continue to work with industry to reduce this type of problem and initiatives such as ‘Forecourt watch’ and self-reporting packages have proved very successful in terms of improving security and reducing crime.

The British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) continue to make a valuable contribution in partnership with local police and petrol retailers to reduce this type of offence.