South African’s have put forward their disgust and shock on Social Media when a high value car fills with petrol without even leaving his vehicle and then making off without paying.
Many people cannot quite understand what caused the man to make off, people are making the assumptions that the car could possibly be stolen.
Looking at the CCTV footage it appears that the vehicle’s registration plate has been covered to avoid being caught.
One Twitter user hits home with his comment “Tumelo Molema – The stolen petrol has to be paid by someone and those that work hard for a living could see reductions in wages.”
Filling station owners are always making the petrol attendants pay for the stolen petrol even though they are insured for such occurrences. People should stop doing this, now the mother has to worry about school fees, uniforms, meals, transportation fares. Unnecessary expenses— Tumelo Molema?? (@molematz) December 30, 2019
Thieves often drive into Petrol stations with their registration plates covered so it can be difficult to track by authorities, Charlie reminds readers that Petrol stations are starting to enforce ‘No Reg, No service’ policies.
Most stations are now implementing a “No Reg No Service” system— Charlie ?? (@Iam_Charlito) December 30, 2019
To prevent incidents like this occurring in the future, South Africa could look into implementing Automatic Number Plate Recognition and only authorise the pump once details on the system come back clear.
Implementing ANPR at Petrol stations could enable fueling ‘restrictions’ for vehicles that have been reported stolen. Alongside petrol refilling blocks, the authorities could be notified of the vehicles whereabouts.
MJ Khan of Sasol has confirmed that his team are looking into methods to prevent such incidents occurring in the future.
Hi Lebo. Thanks for the suggestion. I will share it with my @SasolSA retail colleagues. I know they’re exploring various payment methods (including different forms of licence recognition)— MJ Khan (@concerningmj) January 2, 2020