Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The world has gone completely mad.

A lot of diesel cars are clearly labelled 'diesel' somewhere near the filler cap so that you don't put in petrol by mistake, that's a good idea.  I can never remember which fuel my wife's car uses, so it's good that there's a visual reminder that it's a diesel. If an organisation runs a large fleet of cars with lots of occasional users, I suppose it makes sense to label the petrol ones 'petrol' as well. That's all fine.

But I walked past a parked police car today and noticed that next to the filler cap, in one inch high letters was the word "UNLEADED".

FFS, can you even buy leaded petrol any more and if so, where? I thought you had to buy unleaded and chuck additives in.

(I didn't dare take a photo to prove it because some coppers don't take kindly to that sort of thing, and I was going to take the piss out of them anyway).

Nearly as stupid are all the vehicles with a sticker on the back saying "Limited to 70 mph". That's the maximum speed limit anyway, so nobody would reasonably expect them to drive any faster.

14 comments:

Dinero said...

I think I recall that in some circles "unleaded" is used as a colloquialism for petrol.

Demetrius said...

Perhaps it meant that the police officers were transgender.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Din, thanks but it's a daft colloquialism so my point stands AFAIC.

Dem, probably.

Bayard said...

Perhaps they over-ordered on "Unleaded" stickers when cars that ran only on unleaded first came in and they are still using them up.

Mark Wadsworth said...

B, it was a 66 plate.

Andrew Carey said...

Try driving at exactly 30 in a 30 zone, particularly a dual carriageway 30 zone which are quite common in urban, and see how people try to overtake you

Sackerson said...

Unleaded = out of ammunition.

Bayard said...

"B, it was a 66 plate."

The car may be new, but the box of stickers in the office stores is getting long in the tooth.

Bayard said...

AC, or, more to the point, try driving at 70mph on a motorway in the outside lane and see how many times you are tailgated by someone who wants to overtake you.

George Carty said...

Perhaps some of those tailgaters are aware that an indicated 70mph is often a real 65mph (or less)?

DCBain said...

Maybe the rozzers are all motorsport lovers. You can buy high-octane fuel at racing circuits for track use, so I presume it's leaded?

Mark Wadsworth said...

S, good one.

AC, B, GC, sure I know. But what difference does a stupid little sticker make to the tosser in an Audi two feet behind you?

George Carty said...

Not any more DCBain -- AFAIK it is piston-engined aircraft that are the last holdout for leaded petrol.

Lola said...

Bain. Gc. Yes you can buy 101 and 103coctane leaded fuel at race tracks. I do. Its about 2.65 a litre and as we use a litre every two minutes....