NSW scraps proposal to ban unleaded petrol

NSW Government scraps a plan to ban regular unleaded petrol from July 1

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | January 31, 2012

The NSW Government has scrapped a plan that would have banned regular unleaded petrol from July 1 to push road users toward ethanol blended fuel.

Premier Barry O’Farrell last night backed away from the plan, but Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association General Manager Nick Moulis says there will still be a mandate on ethanol blended fuel.

"What that requires is that 6 percent of all petrol in NSW will need to be ethanol blended," Moulis says.

"That virtually means that all regular unleaded will have to contain ethanol.

"From what information we have received, there is no change in the current position in regards to biodiesel, which in December last year was suspended.

"Anybody who uses unleaded in machinery or vehicles may not necessarily be out of the woods when it comes to using regular unleaded as opposed to E10," he adds.

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