Mike Knott

Motorists warned of fuel changes

FINDING regular unleaded petrol (ULP) in Southeast Queensland will become more difficult from January 16, according to Queensland's main motoring body RACQ.

Major fuel retailer BP announced on Thursday that unleaded petrol pumps are being replaced at 48 BP service stations in favour of ethanol-blended fuel.

RACQ spokesperson Brodie Bott said BP would replace ULP with E10 - a mix of 10% ethanol and 90% ULP - and it will have a massive impact on motorists for a few weeks in Southeast Queensland.

"About 20% of all cars can't use ethanol-blended fuel," Mr Bott said.

Mr Bott suggests motorists check whether their cars and motorcycles are compatible with E10 "before running the risk of doing damage".

"If your car isn't compatible, it means you'll have to look elsewhere for ULP," he said.

"For those who cannot use another servo, the alternative is to fill up with a premium ULP at greater cost.

"RACQ generally supports provision of alternative fuels such as E10, but we oppose the State Government's proposed ethanol mandate, which is currently suspended.

"We believe a mandate is unfair while there is still such a large percentage of vehicles for which the only alternative is premium ULP, because it costs about 10 cents a litre more," he said.

Motorists are encouraged to ask a mechanic or refer to their car or motorcycle's manual to find out the listed vehicles for which E10 is suitable.

For more information visit the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries website.

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