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.