Although all fuels will be hit with the delayed hike in the New Year, LPG typically costs about 40 per cent less than petrol, so its users will be better placed to cushion the blow.
So while it is good news for LPG users, the fuel duty rise will pile on the misery to beleaguered diesel and petrol car drivers, adding an estimated £60 a year to their fuel bills.
“The delayed introduction of the fuel duty rise in the New Year will mean there’s little Christmas cheer for petrol and diesel drivers. However, LPG users will have cause for celebration as they pay so little to fill up their cars,” said Paul Oxford, business development manager, Autogas Limited.
And while LPG is new to Shell Thornaby Wood near Middlesbrough, there are actually more than 1,400 LPG refuelling stations in the UK, with many more in the pipeline, making it easily available.
“Household budgets are under intense pressure, even more so at Christmas, so any way to reduce on-going outgoings, such as converting to LPG, has got to be good news,” added Oxford.
Motorists filling up this week at Shell Thornaby Wood are currently paying just 73.9 pence per litre for LPG compared with 132.9 pence per litre for petrol.
The other benefit of LPG is that it has better environmental credentials than either petrol or diesel, as proven by independent research, and this is partly the reason why it pays significantly less fuel duty.
For more information about Autogas Limited, a joint venture between Shell and Calor, and the benefits of LPG, visit www.autogas.ltd.uk.
Site location: Shell Thornaby Wood, Thornaby Road, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-
Current fuel prices at Shell Thornaby Wood (correct as at 15.11.12)
Unleaded petrol – 132.9 pence per litre
Diesel – 140.9 pence per litre
Autogas LPG – 73.9 pence per litre