‘Greener’ E10 fuel has no impact on car tax zones, drivers may still need to pay thousands

‘Greener’ E10 fuel has no impact on car tax zones, drivers may still need to pay thousands

09/17/2021

Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London

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The new fuel has been on UK forecourts for just over two weeks and has received mixed responses from drivers. It is blended with up to 10 percent renewable ethanol and made up of materials such as low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood, making it greener than existing petrol.

This could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off of UK roads.

According to the UK Government website, using E10 fuel will not have an impact on whether drivers can enter car tax zones.

It says: “Using E10 fuel will not affect whether you are able to drive in, or have to pay to enter, a clean air zone (CAZ), low emission zone (LEZ) or ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ).

“This is determined by your car’s Euro emissions standard and not by the fuel used.”

There are now a number of car tax zones which charge drivers to drive through it based on their cars’ emissions output.

The largest low emissions zone in the UK and one of the largest in the world is London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Many smaller Clean Air Zones (CAZ) can be found around the country such as Birmingham and Bath.

Other cities around the UK are set to implement a CAZ in the near future including Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle.

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While E10 fuel could cut CO2 emissions by quite a considerable amount, it will not affect whether cars have to pay an emissions tax.

Euro standards define acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new light duty vehicles sold in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) member states.

The Euro standards for London’s ULEZ are Euro 4 (NOx) for petrol cars, vans and minibuses and Euro 6 (NOx and PM) for diesel cars and vans.

Euro 4 defines a car to release 0.08grams of nitrogen oxide (NOx) per kilometre.

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