Campaigners are calling for the new E10 fuel to be scrapped, claiming that the Prime Minister had ‘no mandate’ to introduce the petrol.
A new Parliament petition has called for the Government to overturn the decision to replace E5 with E10 as the Unleaded grade. The poll said the new change was “another stealth tax” on those who could not use the new petrol.
The campaigners have even questioned the petrol’s green credentials, following on from those consulted on the new fuel before it was launched.
They said: “This was not stated during the election so there is no mandate for this action,” The Express reported.
“E5 petrol is still available but [at] a higher cost, making this just another stealth tax.
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“The E10 fuel should therefore be scrapped as it does very little to reduce pollution.
“The Government is promoting the use of electric vehicles so emissions will start to reduce naturally over time.”
The petition was started by Rick Ketley and is set to run until March 2022.
So far, the poll has received 369 signatures with 10,000 needed for an official Government response.
If the poll received 100,000 signatures it could be considered for debate in Parliament.
The Government claims the new fuel would reduce CO2 emissions from each petrol vehicle by around two percent.
Overall, this is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by around 750,000 tonnes.
This would be the equivalent of removing 350,000 cars off the road in one go.
However, in the Government’s Introducing E10 petrol report, the DfT confirmed drivers would receive fewer miles to the gallon (MPG) using the new fuel.
This led to respondents raising concerns the changes would “negate any carbon savings”.
But, the DfT confirmed their carbon estimates already took into account the extra emissions such as fuel processing and reduced MPG.
They said: “We would like to reassure those that raised concerns in relation to overall sustainability and carbon savings that moving to E10 can help deliver genuine GHG (Greenhouse gas) savings.
“The RTFO (Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation) itself includes strict sustainability criteria, including minimum carbon savings requirements, that all biofuel must meet to qualify for the support offered by the scheme.”
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