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Warning over future of LPG

30 October, 2013

LPG fuel could disappear from many UK forecourts unless the government makes a long-term commitment to support it, a leading supplier has warned.

“Due to its better environmental credentials when compared with petrol and diesel, LPG enjoys a much lower level of fuel duty from the government,” said Paul Oxford, business development manager at Autogas.

“However, the lack of any long-term commitment to this reduced rate from the government means that vehicle manufacturers are unwilling to invest and offer LPG powered vehicles from their showrooms in the UK as they already do in other areas of Europe. If they were to offer these, they could provide welcome relief for thousands of motorists throughout the country who are struggling with the cost of motoring.”

Oxford pressed his case when Alyn & Deeside MP Mark Tami recently visited his local Shell filling station and met representatives from Autogas and Flintshire Autogas, a local conversion company.

After the meeting Oxford said Tami has confirmed that he will make written representation to the Transport Secretary about the future of LPG in the UK.

“We would like to thank Mark for his time in coming to hear more about Autogas LPG and we look forward to providing him with more information in the future to support his discussions with his parliamentary colleagues,” said Oxford.

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