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:


  1. Agree to a 10% maximum limit on ethanol blends to protect vehicle warranties,
  2. Enforce compulsory labelling on petrol pumps which includes the percentage of ethanol blend, so that motorists know what they're buying, and
  3. 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.

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