How many times has this happened to you? Probably more than you can count. You are a motorist driving home, or heading off on a trip, and you notice your tank is running empty. You need to fill up, so you find the nearest petrol station, but you notice something different. The labels on the petrol pumps seemed to have changed, as most service stations in Scotland have brought in a new system on diesel and petrol pumps.
The fuel may not have altered, but you should be aware of the new labels, to guarantee you select the right pump when stopping to fill your tank.
This past June saw the Department of Transport introduce the Know Your Fuel campaign, to school motorists on the importance of biofuels. This is all part of the UK government’s drive (no pun intended), outlined in the Road to Zero plan, to eradicate the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in twenty years.
So, to keep you abreast of the new labelling system at the service station, if you wish to fill up with petrol, it is now labelled E5. Diesel has now been designated B7
The combined letters and numbers identify the specific kind of renewable fuel and the highest percentage of the appropriate renewable fuel the pump contains.
For instance, in the case of petrol, the designation E5 comes in a circle. The circle tells you it is indeed petrol, while the E denotes ethanol, telling you there is a maximum of 5% renewable ethanol in the pump.
Diesel, on the other hand, has been labelled B7, which is written inside a square. If you see a square on the pump, it has diesel inside and the B denotes biodiesel, while the 7 means the pump contains at most 7% renewable diesel, providing you with all the information you need.
In the past few years, renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel have been combined with petrol and diesel, to decrease CO2 emissions.
So, now you have all the facts on the new labelling system, so you can make the right choice when filling up. Don’t get caught putting the wrong fuel in your tank. Just follow the code to enjoy happier, greener motoring.