It seems that price of auto repairs is not the only thing that you should be worried about this 2017. According to reports, the federal government is considering outlawing the country’s most popular petrol.
Data showed that regular unleaded, which is the most affordable fuel available at most service stations, is being used by 80% of motorists and car owners in Australia. However, the government is planning to ban the country’s most popular type of petrol, which is known for having high sulfur content. By banning regular unleaded, the government said it would have positive benefits to the environment and to the health and wellbeing of people. It is also expected to improve the overall quality of the country’s petrol, which is currently the lowest of all the 35 member-states of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development or OECD.
On the downside, however, the proposed move could hurt the pockets of many Australian motorists. Most of them will be forced to use the premium pump, which is 10.7 cents per litre more expensive than regular unleaded, or switch to ethanol-blend fuel, which is not widely available.
Apart from outlawing premium unleaded, other options are also being discussed to reduce the amount of sulfur being used in Australia’s petrol. These include removing regular unleaded from bowsers over the next two to five years, as well as reducing the amount of sulfur in ethanol-blend and premium unleaded petrol. The government is also considering aligning Australian standards with European Standards.
NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury expressed his disagreement over the proposal. He warned that banning regular unleaded would have a huge “retail impact” on local motorists. “There are no safeguards in place to protect people paying for fuel. If you take the regular unleaded choice away from them, that’s going to further expose them to extra pain at the pump,” he said.
It remains to be seen whether the proposal will be implemented or not. However, if you have no choice but to switch to more expensive petrol in the future, there are ways to help you save money. One of them is to pay your trusted car repairs shop a visit and have your car tuned up on a regular basis.
Tuning your car up and keeping it well-maintained is a sure-fire way to improve your car’s mileage and reduce its fuel consumption. And the less petrol your car consume, the more money you can save. So even if the government bans regular unleaded in the near future, you don’t have to worry that much about your car-related expenses as long as you keep your vehicle in good shape.