29 August 1997
PO to run vehicles on rape seed oil

THE Post Office (PO) is to use rape seed oil as a greener alternative to conventional fuel for 6,000 of its vans and lorries in London and other large cities.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is closely examining the POs trials as part of his integrated transport policy. But the Government would have to remove the tax placed on it two years ago if it is to be encouraged.

Rape seed oil fuel is currently more expensive than diesel fuel. The UKs rape seed crop is about 100,000 tons.

  • The Guardian 29/08/97 page 19