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UKLPG Calls on the House of Common's Transport Comittee to Encourage Consumers to Choose Clean and Greener Transport Fuel

The LPG autogas industry has today called on the House of Commonís Transport Committee to encourage consumers to choose clean and greener transport fuel by supporting a long term commitment to the fuel duty differential between LPG, petrol and diesel.

In response to the Transport Committee's inquiry into Transport and the Economy, which focuses on areas of major public spending around reducing congestion in urban area and key inter-urban corridors, UKLPG is calling on the Committee to acknowledge the role of LPG as part of the transport fuel mix and develop a policy infrastructure that enables consumers to realise the full extent of LPG's clean and green benefits. LPG autogas is sold more cheaply than petrol or diesel and the cost of converting a car can be recouped over time through savings at the pump. This difference in price is a result of the different rates of fuel duty charged on the different fuels. The duty differential is a proven policy measure that delivers emissions reductions with no direct impact on public spending.

The LPG autogas industry is worth over £150 million to the UK economy and employs over 900 people. It is a retrofitted solution providing immediate opportunities for consumers to reduce their emissions by converting to LPG. Other solutions, such as electric vehicles, are only adopted where members of the public purchase a new car.

UKLPG has used its submission to the Select Committee, to highlight the case study of London as an urban area where LPG has a key role to play as part of the energy mix and has further called for clean fuels to be incentivised in any future road pricing scheme.

Robert Shuttleworth, Chief Executive, UKPLG, said:

"UKLPG welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Transport Committee's Transport and the Economy inquiry, the outcome of which we hope will ensure that future transport policy will be more effective in responding to the challenges of climate change; both environmental and economic. UKLPG expects a significant growth in the use of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) as the economy recovers from recession and we would like to see more support for LCV fleet operators looking to convert to LPG, through national or regional incentive schemes."

He added, "LPG's refueling infrastructure was rolled out without the need for Government subsidy, reflecting the commitment of the LPG industry to the UK market, unlike alternative fuels, such as electricity or hydrogen, both on which require significant Government investment. If alternatives to conventional fuels are not considered, we fear that opportunities to reduce emissions of pollutants, speedily and economically, could be wasted."