News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


LPG vehicles could cut death toll

LPG vehicles could cut death toll

Fewer New Zealanders would die from poisonous vehicle emissions if the country used cleaner-burning transport fuels, says the company behind the LPG entrant in the Energy-Wise Rally.

Leading LPG wholesaler, Rockgas, says increasing the size of New Zealand’s LPG vehicle fleet would have a significant effect on vehicle emissions, which are responsible for a worrying toll of silent road deaths.

"Around 399 people over 30 die prematurely each year from vehicle-related pollution, according to a recent Ministry of Transport report*," Rockgas general manager, Owen Poole, said.

"You don’t expect to have that kind of problem in New Zealand, but it is a major and growing concern which highlights the scale of our vehicle emissions problem. We could cut that death toll by placing more emphasis on using cleaner transport fuels like LPG."

Rockgas has entered the only LPG vehicle in the Energy-Wise rally, which is organised by the Motor Industry Association to test the fuel economy and CO2 output of new cars.

Mr Poole said the company wants to draw attention to the significant public health and environmental benefits of cleaner-burning transport fuels, and demonstrate the performance and sophistication of modern LPG vehicles.

"The rally is an opportunity to remind New Zealanders that automotive LPG is the best mainstream option for motorists looking for cleaner-burning cars which cost less to run."

The Rockgas car is an LPG dedicated, four litre, automatic transmission Series 3 Falcon Forte. It has a 92 litre LPG fuel tank capacity and could drive non-stop from Auckland to Wellington without refuelling. The Forte is equipped with latest technology, computer managed LPG engine systems.

Overseas research indicates an LPG vehicle will produce 13-20% less greenhouse gases than a petrol equivalent. It also emits up to 95% less of the PM10s that are such a big problem with diesel vehicles and which are known causes of cancer.

"Putting 50,000 LPG cars on New Zealand roads could cut CO2 levels by around 150,000 tonnes a year," Mr Poole said.

*Health Effects due to Motor Vehicle Air Pollution in New Zealand – Report to the MoT, January 2002.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news