Introduction to the 2018 FairFuelUK Survey
For way too long, your views have been ignored by successive governments and our elected decision makers. The media too, seems to cover driving issues, according to many of our supporters, less than fairly.
Drivers are seen by local authorities and the Treasury, purely as cash cows.
This must change! And you can help to make that change.
ETHANOL IN FUEL PROBLEMS FOR OLD CARS
Ethanol in petrol is a potential disaster for older vehicles, the ethanol dissolves rubber components in the fuel system causing fuel leaks which is a serious fire safety issue. It also causes in efficient running due to altering the combustion properties causing a lack of performance and efficiency. It was hoped in naivety that leaving the EU would stop the government bringing in questionable legislation around ethanol in fuel like in the EU, however as it results in larger profits for the oil companies (dressed up as an environmental improvement) it's most likely inevitable... If you own a classic car of bike then please read info by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs.
The Department of Transport has issued a consultation document on the subject of introducing higher levels of ethanol in petrol. Many older vehicles are likely to suffer damage and possibly dangerous fuel leaks if the E10 grade of petrol is used without modification to their fuel systems.
For the purposes of this consultation the Government is focussing on vehicles more than 25 years old.
Whilst wishing to introduce the higher ethanol level E10 grade of fuel, the Government are guaranteeing a 'protection grade' of petrol at the E5 grade that is equivalent to the currently available 95 RON petrol. However this guarantee will only last until 2020 when further consultation will take place. It is likely that on the introduction of E10 at the 95 RON level, the currently available 'Super' grades with an octane level of 97 RON or higher, will cease to be available.
The Federation has designed a survey on petrol usage in older vehicles which will provide valuable evidence in the consultation response. More details can be found on their website.
ASBESTOS DANGERS TO CAR ENTHUSIASTS
ALLIANCE OF BRITISH DRIVERS
FEDERATION OF BRITISH HISTORIC VEHICLE CLUBS
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs is a grouping of over 450 Clubs and Museums together with some 1500 Trade and Individual Supporters. The aim of the Federation is to uphold the freedom to use old vehicles on the roads without any undue restriction and to support its member organisations in
whatever way it can.
30 DAYS FAULTY GOODS RETURN
Under the new Consumer Rights Act 2015, motorists are now guaranteed 30 days to demand a full refund if they buy faulty goods, a law which extends to buying both new and used cars.
Previously, car dealers were simply obliged to repair the car by replacing a faulty part if the car had a problem, but the new act will finally turn the table in favour of the buyer for the first time.
Any licensed dealer must now provide a refund for the sale price in full if a buyer returns a faulty car within the 30-day period, and it’s hoped this could also squeeze dishonest dealers out of business.
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 also provides extra rights for buyers once the initial period is up, with dealers obliged to replace or repair faulty parts for up to six months after the sale date. Buyers can also demand a reduced price if the dealer doesn’t fix the problem the first time round.
However, Pete Williams, spokesman for the RAC, noted that the responsibility for this is on the consumer, saying: “The responsibility will lie with them if they are to benefit from the new law. This is likely to lead to some difficult disputes between dealers and buyers.”