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Commercial Vehicle Show 2019

Autogas Limited is looking forward to exhibiting at the Commercial Vehicle show at the NEC this April (30th – 2nd May). We will be at stand 3E30. in Hall 3.

A great deal has changed since we attended the show in 2018.  Importantly, LPG is now viewed politically as a viable, alternative road fuel, with emissions on par with petrol-hybrid.

We are excited to meet visitors and demonstrate how LPG can help businesses transition to a sustainable and low emission fuel, helping to ensure compliance with new urban low emission zones, which are fast approaching and could have a significant cost impact.

The main highlights over the last 12 months are:-

·         As a transport fuel, AUTOGAS LPG is recognised by the European Commission, the UK Government and Welsh Government, as well  a host of regional bodies including Combined and Local Authorities, as a supported tool for tackling the air quality crisis in urban areas in a speedy and cost-effective manner.


·         At 2018 Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced that the difference between LPG and main road fuel duty rates will be maintained until 2032 – meaning LPG customers will continue to benefit from a low rate of fuel duty.


·         The recently published Road to Zero strategy (from the Department for Transport) noted the important role that LPG can play in helping us to improve air quality whilst we work towards the long-term goal of zero-emission transport. The strategy concluded that “LPG’s environmental performance relative to diesel makes it a good current alternative to diesel, particularly for vehicles being used in urban driving conditions”.


For the commercial sector (where vans are very common), which includes sole traders and small businesses, there are concerns around the impact of local air quality measures. In particular, the cost of upgrading to a compliant vehicle can be prohibitively expensive and options are restricted. Supported measures include the conversion of vehicles to run on lower emission AUTOGAS LPG.


For these hard to tackle sectors, DEFRA believes that “retrofitting vehicles with pollution-reducing technology can offer a relatively low cost alternative to purchasing new low emission vehicles. It also reduces the incentive to relocate dirtier vehicles away from areas with the worst air quality problems and thus reduces overall emissions of nitrogen oxides”.

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