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Government Cars

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

The Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) fleet currently comprises of 41 cars and 18 light commercial vans capable of running on 5 per cent. biodiesel blend. GCDA has its own refuelling station at its London premises and all its drivers are required to refuel there whenever possible.

GCDA operates over 200 vehicles and it is targeted with reducing the environmental impact of its operations by reducing tailpipe emissions by 5 per cent. and to increase the use of alternative engine fuel technology by 10 per cent. compared with 2005-06. It is doing this by investing heavily in petrol/electric hybrid cars and replacing unleaded petrol powered cars with diesel powered cars. Its van fleet has always used diesel powered vans but in recent years has introduced a fleet of liquefied petroleum gas powered vans that operate in London and has also experimented with small electric vans.