Department for Transport Announce new Fuel Labelling System for Petrol Pumps

You’ll know more about the fuel you’re using and your impact on the environment.

Do you know what you’re putting in your car? Other than being petrol or diesel, do you really know what that mysterious juice is that gets you from A to B? Probably not. That could soon change.

The Department for Transport has introduced a new labelling system to help motorists pick the right fuel for their car and prevent ‘mis-fuelling’ - the disaster whereby you put the wrong fuel into your vehicle. It’s not something I’ve ever done myself, but apparently, it’s a pretty common problem. Send this article to someone that you know has mis-fuelled and, hopefully, they’ll learn their lesson.

The labels will be rolled out in September of 2019 as part of an EU wide incentive - regardless of whether or not we’ll be in the EU by then. The labels will be accompanied by more specific information about the biofuel content of the fuels that you are buying. The idea is that this will help motorists become more aware of their impact on climate change.

Just last year, the reduced CO2 emissions thanks to the use of biofuels would have been equal to the emissions of a million cars.

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Fuel companies now blend their biofuel products in with their petrol and diesel to reduce our impact on the environment and help us meet our climate change commitments as individuals and as a nation. Under this new incentive, for example, petrol containing up to 5% renewable ethanol will be categorised as ‘E5’, while diesel containing up to 7% biodiesel will be labelled as ‘B7’. A very categoric and simple way for motorists to get an idea of what they’re paying for.

A DfT spokesperson said:

“These new labels will help drivers chose the right fuel for their vehicle, whilst also highlighting the use of biofuels in reducing the CO2 emissions from everyday road vehicles.”

“Our Road to Zero strategy set out our ambition to end the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040, while the ongoing decarbonising of traditional fuels will help during this transition.”

So, in summary, not only will this change make road users more aware of what is inside the fuel they are using, but it will prevent motorists from filling their car with the wrong fuel. At the moment, when you’re abroad, you’ll see that the words ‘petrol’ and ‘diesel’ are translated to the local language, which can be tricky. This new labelling system will remove any doubt as to which fuel you should be using.

So, what do you think? Is this all necessary or are we being guilt tripped over the pollution our cars are putting out? Let us know in the comments section below.

Then are they going to let drivers know the changes? Better idea would be to change the shape of the nozzle. You would not be able to put a square nozzle in a round hole

It's a con watering down fuel ,the damage it causes in engines ,especially old motorbikes carbs blocked etc. I dread to think what happens when they to 10%.I think we should bill the government for the damage.

What could be simpler, changing the names of petrol and diesel to E5 and B7. What possibly could go wrong?

I drive a minibus with a passenger heater at the rear. This thing smokes so much people have warned me of the bus being on fire. The heater is driven by exhaust fumes and, it appears, the smoke is caused by the high ethanol content found in supermerket fumes. 'They' say the smoke is harmless - I have my doubts.

Cars have never been cleaner and I do not feel guilty when I drive my car. It is all about getting control over us. At pride Park tonight after the football game there will be a row of 30 year old busses with their engines running pouring out diesel fumes.

What a waste of time and money soon they be telling us day is night and night is day

Such common sense but the powers that be don't appear to have it.

You are aware that diesel pump nozzles and petrol pump nozzles are different diameters? Ford use an easy fuel system that won't let you put the wrong nozzle in the car

As do land rover. plus diesel pump = black, petrol = Green.

One of the interesting things is nobody ever mentions the vast difference in the different cleaning systems in cars. My vehicle has several thousand pounds worth of diesel cleaning kit fitted, my wife's petrol vehicle has virtually nil. My vehicle puts out a lot less pollution than my wife's but I am penalised on fuel price and tax. That plus the random introduction of 20mph limits which increase pollution massively (remember that in all pilot schemes they did not reduce accidents) pretty much prove that the environment is the least of concerns..

Totally pointless exercise, so the scenario is, I pull into a service station and the pump say B3, uh oh! I want to be greener so I want B7, am I going to drive on until I find a B7 pump. NO. This is not about choice, it is about telling us something that we can't change, thus making it completely irrelevant. Yet another waste of EU money.

It's not about putting the wrong fuel in ones car, i,e. petrol / diesel, it's about distinguishing the ethanol content of either petrol or diesel at the pumps. As it stands at the present time it is impossible to know the ethanol content of either. As for nozzles, it pays fuel companies to have people putting the wrong fuel in their car, fill her up again chaps. Shame on the lot of them.

Surely, rather than labelling for those who are eco aware, a minimum percentage of bio fuel in all fuels supplied for vehicles, would be the better way to approach this?

Feel guilty? Not on you’re nelly.

For many years now in France, the pump asks you which fuel you require when you put in your card. You tell it, it confirms and then will only give you that fuel. Far too simple for British companies :-0

Do you actually drive around while thinking "Oh I've got 7% Biodiesel or 5% Ethanol in my car"? No, you get in and drive to your next destination. You may realise you put the wrong stuff in when it begins to cough instead of purring nicely. Why can't the diesel faucet remain round and change the petrol one to be oval in shape. Different sized "round faucets" doesn't stop you putting the smaller petrol faucet in to the larger filler hole of a diesel tank! But if petrol had an oval faucet it wouldn't go into a round diesel hole of the same diameter. Also, issue all petrol cars with a plastic insert adapter that accepts the larger oval filler. Problem solved!

High ethanol rots fuel hoses, wait for your car to burst into flames. Also wrecks any engines apart from the latest designed to run on high methanol - answer increase pollution by buying an expensive new car & scrapping the old one

Feel guilty- heck no. I absolutely don't care as long as it's Petrol or Diesel and it doesn't wreck my engine- as once happened years ago in Germany with 'raps oil'. This just another ploy for the government to rip us off again at the pump. Thank god by the time Petrol and Diesel cars have disappeared 30- 40 years time- I will be either dead or too old to drive.

But that would mean the government would lose a taxation route. Once petrol and diesel is outlawed- all those fancy Duracell cars will be taxed to the hilt as the government realises - 1)they are losing BILLIONS in revenue 2) electric cars are not eco at all.

It has NEVER been about the environment. It's about how much the corporate globalists/government can rip us off for.

I am told that my 2006 Diesel is not tuned for biofuel and I shouldn't use it. If I do want to use it, my engine management system needs rechipping. This will incur insurance price hikes, because the car "has been modified". It will probably run unmodified on up to 10% biofuel, but will use more fuel and may smoke. Exactly what they are trying to achieve? Technologically ignorant politicians shouldn't meddle!

Your claims of engine damage when using petrol/diesel containing bio-fuels, in modern cars, are completely without foundation. Fuel companies and motor manufacturers work closely together to ensure complete compatibility. Please stop scaremongering when the purpose of bio-fuels is to reduce the dreadful environmental impact of the internal combustion engine.

Have you ever seen a carbereter that has had ethanol fuel in it ,it goes hard over time,it destroys plastic and rubber gaskets Fact not fiction.your be telling me in a minute that there not bringing in 10% of Bio fuel in our petrol and diesel ,I think you are deluded.

<u><b>KEYED PORT-FILLER SYSTEM</b> </u> Misfuelling could so easily have been avoided decades ago by introducing a simple keyed port-filler system as used in the field of anaesthesia to prevent anaesthetic vapourisers being filled with the wrong volatile agent. Such a system could be implemented cheaply at time of manufacture and retro-fitted to legacy vehicles with add-on adaptors. No need for labelling or colour-coding as an incorrect hose key won't fit the 'wrong' filler port. There are currently five different volatile anaesthetic agents in common use and others predating them and to come, yet each has its own keyed filler and port, so there are more than enough means of adapting to the variety of fuels available.

Yes they are bringing in 10% mixes in the future but they will still be providing the lower % and if you are running older/classic vehicles it is simple enough to add in an additives to ensure you don't end up with clogged Carbs and rotting gaskets. I run two Triumph Spitfires, a Mk1 and a Mk3 and also a Triumph GT6 Mk2. Never had a problem with the fuel systems as I would rather spend a few quid and protect my investments rather than just push crap fuel through. Ever since they phased out leaded fuel it has been a battle to keep the cars running and fuel systems in prime condition but if you want the best for them you have to be willing to pay a little extra. At the end of the day modern vehicles (post 1996) have no problem using blended fuels. Most people that say they have problems use supermarket fuels that are cheap as they are the basic blends while the lihes of BP, ESSO, SHELL, Etc have add extras in the basic fuels and far greater additives in their premium ranges.

Hi Ady thats what I do on my bikes use the priemium fuel as some is Bio- fuel free,But I don't think 10%Bio is going to do modern cars any favours .

make the "good" fuel cheaper....problem solved

As stated in the two alternatives, we motorists are being guilt tripped over the pollution our cars are putting out (not to mention being taxed to the hilt by fuel duty and road tax). Everything the Government does to do with motorists is just another lame excuse to shaft us even further. In passing, I thought that it was still up for discussion/unproven whether the supermarket fuel is inferior due to less additives. Though I don't use it myself as a precaution, I haven't seen any conclusive evidence, merely people's opinions.

I hold my hands up, some yrs ago I started to put petrol in a diesel 206, luckily I noticed before I had put too much in so i filled the rest of the way with diesel, it ran OK didn't cause any problems.

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I ran my Seat Ibiza Ecomotive for four years on supermarket diesel not knowing it contained bio fuel. Eek! But it hadn't done the car any harm. I, on the other hand, am allergic to rapeseed oil so I developed asthma during this time. Did you know that 1 in 6 people are highly sensitive to Broccoli? Did you know rapeseed (long stem Broccoli) is currently causing a health crisis for our NHS? It causes a range of symptoms that require a lot of expensive hospital tests and it's just environmental! So, biofuel is optional. Opt out!