Motorists driving off without paying for their fuel are costing Irish filling stations millions every year, new research from the Irish Petrol Retailers Association (IPRA) has found.
A reported €2.5m is being lost per annum due to ‘drive-offs’, with many filling stations reluctant to do anything about the problem due to a “limited” response from Gardai.
However, a new system to combat this issue was introduced at the IPRA Expo in March called ‘Scancam’. Scancam technology prevents drive-offs and protects profits by scanning license plates at the bowser and within seconds alerts the operator on an iPad that the motorist is a known offender and should prepay.
If a drive-off occurs, the Scancam system generates an incident report in a few simple steps, including video footage requiring little management.
Commenting on the solution, David Blevings, IPRA spokesperson said: “We are seeing very positive signs of a recovering and thriving economy with a huge increase in convenience sales. However there is a still a major problem with drive-offs and we hope the launch of this new system will resolve the problem and also free up Garda time which could be better used elsewhere.”