Motorists can avoid fuel duty hike by changing to LPG

As the debate over fuel duty has once again hit the headlines, Autogas Ltd is championing affordable motoring by sending out a reminder to both drivers and businesses are struggling just how much money they can save by switching from petrol or diesel to autogas LPG.

Paul Oxford, Autogas Limited’s business development manager said that the bid to delay the proposed increase in fuel duty has been defeated, but it isn’t all bad news for drivers as those motorists hardest hit could save themselves a small fortune on the fuel bills for their vehicles in the long term simply by converting them to LPG.

Current UK average forecourt prices* show that LPG is the cheapest of the three main fuel types at just 76.4 pence per litre, nearly half that of unleaded at 135.08ppl.

Put into context, the savings achieved when switching to LPG are even more remarkable. Indeed, a driver covering just 12,000 miles a year with an average fuel consumption of 40 mpg can enjoy annual fuel savings of around £600 against petrol when using LPG.

In fact, such are the cost saving implications of switching to LPG, as well as its considerable environmental benefits, that its merits have just been reported by MoneySupermarket.com, a leading price comparison website.

And according to consumer organisation Which? rising fuel prices are the number one consumer worry with a survey conducted on its behalf suggesting that 39 per cent of people would cut back on their motoring costs. The report also goes on to state that one in 10 had dipped into their savings to cover motoring costs.

“The economic squeeze and high fuel prices are changing how people behave towards their cars. However, the simple truth is that cheap motoring really still is possible.

“Typically LPG users enjoy annual savings of up to 40 per cent in their fuel costs, which puts the 3p fuel duty debate into perspective,” added Oxford.

It is estimated that by 2020 there will be almost 23 million vehicles worldwide running on LPG and there are currently over seven million vehicles running on LPG in Europe. Meanwhile, the cheaper fuel is readily available with more than 1,400 LPG refuelling stations across the UK, including at the UK’s largest forecourt facility at the recently opened Shell Cobham services on the M25.

For more information about Autogas Limited and the benefits of LPG, visit www.autogas.ltd.uk.

To find a UKLPG approved LPG installer visit www.drivelpg.co.uk.