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Oil Conservation

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport what prospects there are for oil conservation in the transport sector over the next decade.

The rising price of oil is likely to be a considerable incentive both to private motorists and transport operators to economise in their use of fuel. Substantial savings can be achieved by more careful driving and regular vehicle maintenance. Research in Government and industry into ways of improving the energy efficiency of vehicles also holds potential for significant savings over the next decade. The Government have already reached agreement with motor manufacturers on a scheme to reduce aggregate petrol consumption of new cars by 10 per cent. over the next five years.