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Fuel thieves will get text from Queensland police to turn around

“The message will give owners of vehicles involved in fuel drive-offs the benefit of the doubt by asking them to return to the fuel station to resolve the matter.”

Driving off without paying for fuel is still a criminal offence, Acting Superintendent Sharee Cumming said.

“This can happen for various reasons including being distracted at the pump and then forgetting to pay before driving away.

“The trial is designed to encourage people involved in a fuel-drive off, either inadvertently or on purpose, to pay for their fuel, which will reduce the need of our frontline officers to commence investigations, into these type of matters, in the first instance.”

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