Karl Myers, fleet manager for Smarts the laundry and hygiene arm of the OCS Group, runs a 100-strong car fleet, all Vauxhall diesels. He says: 'LPG is being praised by the Government as a clean fuel with duty being cut while it rockets on diesel; yet, if I put a driver in a dual-fuel 2.0-litre Vectra, the emission figure is 173g/km of CO2 and therefore it will carry a 23% tax. If the driver stays in a Vectra 2.0-litre Di, the emissions are just 153g/km, payable at 19% tax.
'It will be a human resources nightmare. If the Government loads duty on diesel and cuts it on LPG, the company will have to go that way to save money. This will mean we are penalising the drivers who will want the diesels for the low tax benefits.'