Citypetrol is only available at a few sites in London, but will be on 50 Sainsbury forecourts by the end of this month, and on 100 sites by March 1999 in anticipation of duty incentives in the next budget. It costs 2p more than conventional unleaded fuel, the same margin as Citydiesel had over ordinary diesel when it was first introduced in 1996, but Owens said he was sure there will be reductions in the duty, as there was with the Citydiesel.
Owens said the 'City' fuels more than meet the Government targets set in the recent transport white paper for the year 2005. He said: 'The fuels cannot be an alternative. They are what everyone by law will have to be filling up with by 2005 if they are to meet emission standards. With the progress we have made with these fuels over the last few years alternative fuels no longer make sense.'