Consultation outcome

Proposed amendment to the Motor Fuel Composition and Content Regulations 1999

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Response to consultation on a proposed amendment to the motor fuel (composition and content) regulations 1999

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Motor fuel composition and content regulations, extension of petrol protection grade requirement impact assessment

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Detail of outcome

Response confirming the government’s intention to extend the current legal requirement for a petrol protection grade beyond 2013 to mitigate the risk of limited availability of an E5 (petrol which contains no more than 5% ethanol) grade in the eventuality E10 (petrol with 10% ethanol content) is introduced at a large scale while there are still a significant number of non-compatible vehicles in circulation.

The response summarises and responds to comments received on proposals to extend the current requirement for filling stations supplying 3 million litres or more and choosing to supply super unleaded that this has a maximum content of 5% ethanol (E5) for a further 3 years, the end of 2016. It also makes clear the government’s intention to bring new legislation into force in January 2014.

Original consultation

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Summary

Seeks views on extending the requirement for filling stations to sell super unleaded petrol which contains no more than 5% ethanol.

Documents

Proposed amendment to the Motor Fuel Composition and Content Regulations 1999: main consultation document

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Motor fuel composition and content regulations: extension of petrol protection grade requirement impact assessment

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Consultation description

The vast majority of the UK petrol fleet is compatible with E10 fuel (petrol with 10% ethanol content), but there are still a significant number of vehicles - around 12% or 2.5 million cars - which are classified as non-compatible.

The roll out of E10 is a commercial decision and it may be possible that in certain areas E10 will replace premium E5 grade petrol (petrol which contains no more than 5% ethanol).

The government is proposing to extend the current legal requirement for a ‘protection’ grade - for engines that are not compatible with E10 petrol - for a further 3 years, to the end of 2016. This will mitigate the risk of limited availability of an E5 grade fuel while there are still a significant number of non-compatible vehicles in circulation.