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Autogas Limited urges TfL to consider LPG taxi options

Autogas Limited, the UK’s leading supplier of automotive LPG, is urging Transport for London to consider LPG options in new licensing proposals for taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) with regards to the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in central London.

In order to tackle air pollution and emissions problems in central London, TfL is recommending a revised voluntary decommissioning scheme for taxis over 10 years old and the requirement that all taxis and new PHVs new to licensing from January 2018 to be Zero Emission Capable (ZEC).

Autogas Ltd believes that TfL’s proposal to increase the charging infrastructure of electric vehicle charge points in order to support the uptake of ZEC-ready electric vehicles by the commercial sector (including taxis and PHVs), neglects already-established alternative fuels which could otherwise assist in achieving air quality goals.

Commenting on Autogas Ltd’s submission to the ULEZ consultation, Linda Gomersall, general manager of Autogas Ltd, said: “We are concerned that TfL has again ignored alternative fuels already in place that can contribute to its vision of reducing air pollution.  We strongly support TfL’s objective of improving air quality in central London by reducing vehicle emissions and as such, we are continually looking for opportunities to work with TfL to deliver their goal in improving the capital’s air quality.”

The LPG autogas infrastructure is very well developed and in use today by the 150,000 vehicles already running on autogas in the UK, with more than 65  LPG refuelling stations inside the M25 area. As such, LPG autogas could present an additional option to ZEC technologies that are not yet as mature, have higher upfront costs and cannot meet the needs of some drivers due to driving range and access to infrastructure.

In addition vehicles designed to or converted to run on LPG autogas are already meeting the Euro emissions standards which TfL will require in 2018/2020.

Whilst the Zero Emission vehicles market will continue to grow, taxis converted to run on LPG autogas could help improve air quality in the short term as well as provide an extra choice to meet consumer’ driving needs and preferences.

Gomersall added: “It’s not just London that could benefit from more LPG powered taxis and PHVs. Councils across the country that are dealing with polluted city centres need to look at a range of fuel options and LPG could provide an ideal solution.”

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