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Govt's New Year message on LPG

The Government is so keen for motorists to start using the national network of LPG fuel filling facilities it has been fostering, that it went public this week about the £30m sweetener for motorists. Energy Minister Brian Wilson said motorists should used 2003 to “turn over a green leaf” and make the switch.

£30m is available to motorists under the Department for Transport's Powershift programme for price reductions on purchase of 'green' transport – including LPG vehicles – listed on the Powershift register. The Government furthered its encouragement for the LPG market recently with the launch of a £1m LPG fund to help train garage mechanics..

Says Mr Wilson says these inducements, together with the benefits accrued by using a fuel which is half the price of petrol, should be sufficient to persuade the consumer.

“It is a win/win situation – while helping the environment, motorists will also be saving themselves considerable amounts of money, especially if they travel long distances or live in rural areas.

“This is why I want fleet managers, car hire firms, taxi companies and individual motorists to explore the LPG option.”

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