McLeish fuels “drive off” criminal debate

NOT A PROBLEM: Despite a rise in the number of fuel drive off cases in the Eildon electorate, Mansfield’s two service stations said the problem was a minor one locally.

STATE Liberal member for Eildon, Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon), has demanded government action on the rising number of fuel drive off cases.

In a statement made to the Courier last week, Ms McLeish said the current system was failing local retailers and that a zero tolerance for crime was needed.

“The policy of treating fuel drive-offs as a civil rather than criminal matter hasn’t worked,” she said.

“Fuel retailers have reported an increase in drive-offs and other associated criminal behaviours – across Australia, fuel theft costs retailers $60 million per annum.

“We need to send a strong message of zero tolerance in the Eildon electorate.”

However, both of Mansfield’s fuel stations said drive-offs were a relatively minor issue.

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