Ban on regular unleaded fuel would cost motorists

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Victorians could be paying more for fuel with little benefit if the Federal Government goes ahead with a proposal to ban regular unleaded petrol.  

The measure was outlined in a discussion paper released in December 2016 to investigate improving fuel quality and reducing noxious emissions.

Unleaded fuel could be phased out within two years under the proposal, which the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) last week urged the government to rule out.

Regular unleaded is Australia’s cheapest and most popular choice at the bowser, according to the AAA, accounting for 69 per cent of petrol sales in 2015-16.

Brian Negus, RACV’s general manager of public policy, says RACV supports measures to reduce the environmental impacts of motoring and deliver cleaner fuel, but wants carefully considered proposals that do not penalise motorists.  

“RACV wants the Federal Government to rule out removing regular 91 octane unleaded fuel from the market as part of this proposal. We want to see the continued availability of alternative fuel types in the market to support the Australian fleet.

“Removing regular unleaded petrol from the market would raise costs for Victorian motorists and given the age of cars on the road, it is not likely to reduce emissions.”

Written by RACV
March 01, 2019