Thousands of pounds are saved each year by drivers and fleet operators by switching
to dual or blended fuels. This includes cars, vans, taxis and even buses, whilst benefiting the
Driving a dual fuel vehicle is safe, easy and best of all, much cheaper than driving
a petrol or diesel model. Recent independent tests have also shown dual fuel vehicles have the best environmental record.
The main financial benefits of driving a blended fuel vehicle are...
The forecourt price of LPG is typically around half that of petrol and
diesel so drivers and fleet operators can significantly reduce their running
costs by switching to Blended fuels.
In July 2008, the average forecourt price of
LPG was 58.7 ppl, Petrol was 119.5 ppl and Diesel was 133.1 ppl (source:
The AA fuel price report July 2008)
Company Car Tax
CO2 emissions in Blended fuel vehicles are lower than equivalent petrol cars thus drivers
pay less company car tax. On top of that, the government allows a further
cost advantages on this tax when the vehicle is registered as bi-fuel.
Vehicle Excise Duty
Owners of Cars registered after 2001 and converted to run
on dual, can request that the DVLA change the taxation class
to 'Alternative Fuel Car', they will then be eligible for
a standard reduction on VED.
London Congestion Charge
Certain low emission vehicles qualify for 100% discount
from London’s congestion charge when fitted with a specified
fuel blend conversion. The charge currently costs £8 per day
per vehicle entering the congestion charge zone. For a vehicle
entering the zone everyday this could represent an annual
saving of over £2000.
Certain local authorities allow reduced parking rates for fuel blend vehicles
in recognition of their environmental credentials.
We need to look after the environment, and for those of us
who cannot give up the use of our vehicles, we can only reduce
their impact on the environment. LPG conversion is a way
to use your vehicles as you need to and keep your conscience
Businesses are increasingly being assessed on their environmental credentials.
Contract tender documents for all types of work, be it local government, health
service, education or private business, are increasingly seeking to review
the applicants environmental standards and polices.
For example, companies bidding for work in the 2012 London
Olympics will need to prove their credentials, and this objective
assessment will have a significant impact on their chances
of success. Along with the congestion charge concessions
for low emission vehicles it seems that dual fuel is the perfect solution
for companies bidding for this work.