New Fuel Labelling

New labelling requirements to help motorists pick the right fuel at home and abroad have now been put into place. New rules will help motorists identify the right fuel and tell them the biofuel content of petrol and diesel.
• all filling stations to roll out new labels by September 2019
• labels will help motorists pick the right fuel, whilst informing them of the biofuel content of both petrol and diesel
• uniform EU-wide labels will prevent drivers from filling up with the wrong fuel abroad.

Petrol, which contains up to 5% renewable ethanol, will be labelled ‘E5’, while diesel, which contains up to 7% biodiesel, will be labelled as ‘B7’.

The labels will appear on the pumps on every forecourt and on the filler caps of all new vehicles, allowing motorists to easily match the correct fuel to their car or motorbike.

These labels will be increasingly important as new fuels come onto the market. In 2018 the FBHVC issued a call for evidence on whether and how best to introduce E10, a petrol grade with up to 10% renewable ethanol. They plan to issue their response to this later in 2019.