Petrol prices: Howard Cox calls for cuts to fuel duty

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Many drivers have reported problems with their car since switching to E10 petrol at the beginning of September. Issues have ranged from their fuel economy decreasing dramatically to “sputtering” engines, with some even saying they had mechanical damage.

Express readerFreddy2468 claimed: “Boris sold us a lemon with the adoption of E10.

“Most people I know are buying premium (previously the normal E5) or Shell V-Power – now more expensive but offset by retaining previous MPG.

“The environment will not benefit, only the increase in tax the Government receives.”

The Department for Transport’s Introducing E10 Report has previously warned drivers would face issues with the new petrol.

It said motorists would likely see decreasing miles per gallon as a result of the “lower energy density” of ethanol.

When E10 was launched onto forecourts, the Government reported that drivers could expect to see a marginal decrease in fuel economy.

It said that it would generally be around one percent, although this would be almost unnoticeable to most drivers when making normal journeys.

A Twitter user, posting under the nickname Slipsreem95, said: “The more I use this E10 fuel the more I’m convinced it’s a scam.

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“It’s apparently greener?

“My 2021 plate car is using a third more than equivalent E5 and now using more motor oil.

“I’ve moved to Super [unleaded] now.”

This highlights a growing trend of drivers switching over to premium fuels to return to fuel economy levels they saw with the previous standard grade of petrol, E5.

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