‘Not robust enough’: Petrol drivers unaware of ‘misleading’ new E10 fuel changes

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Classic car experts at Hagerty have warned awareness is “poor amongst drivers”, despite the risks of using the new petrol. James Mills, Hagerty UK Editor attacked the handling of the new petrol changes, warning information was “not robust enough” and could be “misleading”.

They have called for more to be done to educate motorists on the changes before cars are damaged.

He said: “​​It is clear from our investigation that awareness of compatibility of E10 fuel for older and classic cars is poor amongst the drivers Hagerty surveyed.

“Information [that] is provided by the Department for Transport is not robust enough and could prove misleading.

“Using E10 fuel in a vehicle that was not engineered for it could lead to damage in the long term.

“More needs to be done to ensure motorists are fully informed.”

The comments come after research from Hagerty suggests half of Britain’s drivers don’t know how to check whether their car is compatible with the new fuel.

However, 78 percent of the 699 drivers surveyed by Hagerty said they were still worried about its introduction.

Most drivers main fears were down to concerns E10 fuel could damage engines, fuel lines, petrol tanks, seals and carburettors.

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An investigation from Hagerty has also warned the GOV.UK website offering vehicle advice may be inaccurate.

They found the site suggested nearly all Audi and Vauxhall models were compatible with the new fuel regardless of their age.

But this is inaccurate, with the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) warning some older models are likely to be affected or damaged.

The survey corresponds to a poll from the RAC which found one in four drivers are still in the dark about the new fuel.

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