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UKLPG Autumn Statement Comment

The autumn statement that was delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 5 December 2013 has set out a positive and clear duty 10 year trajectory for LPG autogas and other gaseous fuels.

Whilst welcoming the announcement which removes any doubt that consumers will suddenly be faced with a fuel duty increase, UKLPG believes LPG autogas should have been included alongside LNG and CNG in having its duty differential level maintained until 2024. Whilst LPG autogas remains the cheapest, most widely available fuel on the market, the industry strongly believes that it should receive the same level of support as other gaseous fuels.

LPG autogas has a full infrastructure already in place in the UK and is used widely throughout Europe. With a network of over 1,400 refueling points and circa 150,000 vehicles on the road, it is the best placed fuel to reduce vehicle carbon emissions and tackle the growing problem of UK urban air pollution.

Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of UKLPG said: “Whilst welcoming that LPG autogas is recognised as a key part of the alternative fuel mix, we call on the Chancellor to recognise industry investment and consumer choice and provide the same level support as he has done to other green road fuel gases. This level of support would encourage greener motoring and reward individual motorists who make that choice.

“UKLPG will continue to challenge Her Majesty’s Treasury on the long term duty differential reduction between conventional fuels and LPG autogas as the Chancellor next decides to increase duty rates.”

LPG autogas, has practically no particulate emissions and is very low in nitrous oxides. Globally, the 21 million LPG autogas vehicles already on the roads are making a significant contribution to the health and well-being of all, but especially those living in cities. There are currently around 150,000 vehicles in the UK that are converted to run on LPG autogas and it has been proven that once converted, drivers can immediately save around 40% on their fuel bills, when compared to petrol or diesel.