14 September 2005
Petrol Price shock shows importance of LPG
John Barrett, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called for a greater emphasis to be placed on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for car fuel following the recent rises in petrol prices.
Mr Barrett has backed a House of Commons motion calling for all new or refurbished filling stations to be required to provide LPG fuelling facilities. The recent hikes in petrol prices have sparked a record level of enquiries about converting cars to LPG according to the UK’s LPG Association. LPG prices at the pump are stable at about 40 pence a litre and with petrol and diesel now costing more than double, LPG is becoming an increasingly attractive alternative.
In a statement, John Barrett said:
“With the price of petrol now breaking the £1 per litre barrier it is little wonder that more and more people are considering switching to LPG fuel. It is time the Government did more to encourage people to make the shift.
“LPG offers a much cleaner and environmentally friendlier way of fuelling vehicles. It emits less carbon dioxide compared with petrol and less pollution compared with diesel fuel. People are realising that by switching to LPG they can not only save money, but can do their bit to help save the environment.
“If the Government are serious about tackling climate change and improving air quality, fuel such as LPG must be made available at as many petrol stations as possible. Requiring all new filling stations or those currently being refurbished to have LPG facilities would help a great deal towards that aim.”
Information on LPG vehicles in the UK:
· Cars do fewer miles to the litre on LPG, but fuel cost savings still amount to 40 per cent over petrol and 20 per cent over diesel, according to the LPG Association.
· British motorists can buy LPG through 1,300 distribution points across the country. There is also a network of approved companies for converting engines to run on LPG, a process which costs at least 1,600 pounds.
· The number of cars being converted to LPG this year is already significantly higher than last year’s total of 15,000.
· About 120,000 cars and small vans in the UK run on LPG —0.5 per cent of the total 30 million vehicles on the road. LPG fuel produces 20 percent less carbon dioxide than petrol and is also cleaner than diesel.
· Mr Barrett has signed EDM 74 which states:
That this House believes that the increasing number of vehicles in the United Kingdom propelled by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a sign that the public increasingly recognises the environmental and health benefits of liquefied petroleum gas over petrol and diesel; notes the significant contribution that a switch to LPG from diesel would make to improving air quality and one from petrol to LPG would make to reducing carbon dioxide emissions; believes that all new or refurbished filling stations should be encouraged to provide liquefied petroleum gas refuelling facilities; and calls on the Government to take measures to encourage the take-up of cleaner, greener fuels and the development of more efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles.