AAA Welcomes Opposition Commitment on Ethanol and Calls for Government Action
The Australian Automobile Association has welcomed a commitment from the ALP to limit ethanol content in fuel to 10% and require labelling of ethanol blended fuel at service stations.
AAA Executive Director, Lauchlan McIntosh, said today motorists would also welcome a similar commitment from the Government.
"Statements by vehicle manufacturers that the use of ethanol blends higher than 10% will void warranties, the current lack of labelling, and admissions that blends of up to 20% are being sold, means consumers are being exposed to substantial loss without their knowledge," Mr. McIntosh said.
"I would strongly urge the Government to:
- Agree to a 10% maximum limit on ethanol blends to protect vehicle warranties,
- Enforce compulsory labelling on petrol pumps which includes the percentage of ethanol blend, so that motorists know what they're buying, and
- Reject mandating of ethanol levels in Australian fuel as it will increase the cost of transport and motoring because the lower energy content of ethanol reduces fuel economy.
"This is a matter of great urgency. Motorists are currently buying ethanol blends without knowing and according to the ethanol industry, some of those blends are up to 20%, which means motorists could be voiding their warranties," Mr. McIntosh said.