BACK BOYS..; They're Using Gas
Bray, Russell, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Liquid petroleum gas from Scottish oil reserves will help make motoring kinder to the environment in the near future.
That's because the fuel, left over after refining petrol and diesel, is starting to grow in popularity.
LPG contains virtually no sulphur, lead or benzine, so it dramatically reduces exhaust pollution.
And because tax changes in the last Tory Budget in November cut duty on gas fuels by 25 per cent, it's now top of the target list for company fleets seeking to save money and go green.
But with only about 130 sites in Scotland, England and Wales currently offering LPG - and the pounds 1000 to pounds 2000 costs of converting a car to run on the fuel - it isn't going to be popular with the private motorist for some time.
It's a different situation in Italy and the Netherlands, however, where 1,050,000 and 700,000 vehicles now respectively run on LPG.
France, with 50,000 LPG cars, is expected to be the next country to take to LPG with 300,000 vehicles likely on the road by 2000.
I've been to France to try a new factory-offered pounds 14,600 Peugeot 406 which runs on petrol or LPG at the touch of a button.
That means the driver can be sure he won't be stranded if he can't find an LPG station that's open.
Peugeot plans to make 60 LPG 406s per day and, like Ford and Vauxhall, is expected to offer LPG cars to fleets here next year.
The car's 1.8-litre engine automatically starts on petrol, but after that the driver can switch.
Total range is more than 600 miles on both fuels.
And one of the most attractive environmental aspects of the technology is that the driver can select the cleaner LPG when running in towns and cities.
The only way to tell the car isn't standard is the two fuel gauges and the two filler caps. …