New Lyle Cars, based at Eccles, Manchester, which also uses the latest computer booking technology incorporating both satellite navigation and an automated call-back system, is running 14 silver coloured and liveried 1.8-litre LPG-powered Vauxhall Vectras as part of a fleet of 40 vehicles.
The vehicles have proved such a success that the company intends to increase the number to 20 when they are due for de-fleeting shortly.
Each car is likely to be driven for more than 140,000 miles in the two years they have been on fleet, 40% more than anticipated.
To get the full cost benefit of an LPG operation, the company has installed two 2,000-litre LPG tanks at its head office site and is using about 2,000-2,500 litres of LPG per week.
On average, LPG is usually up to one third of the cost of petrol or diesel. New Lyle Cars owner Ray Clarkin said: ‘The move to LPG has been an unqualified success.
‘Because of the reaction and demand from our drivers we are now looking to increase our LPG fleet to 20.
‘We are also considering bringing in LPG-powered Vauxhall Zafiras which we have tested and found to also be excellent.
‘We have been especially pleased with the support and assistance we have received from Vauxhall Motors in running LPG vehicles. We are a small local firm but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our bit for the environment.’
The firm estimates that each driver has saved about £70 per week compared to running a petrol vehicle.