LPG Autogas lobby group Gas Energy Australia has commented on the debate on automotive policy, urging that the next government promote the use of LPG-powered cars.
In a statement, the group suggested that the Coalition, Labor and the Greens promote purchase of Australian-made LPG cars and that grants to encourage the purchase of these continued.
Gas Energy Australia also wants laws passed ensuring imported vehicles are able to be converted to LPG, LPG-powered cars be exempt from the recent controversial fringe benefit tax changes, and a task force be formed to consider the LPG Autogas industry in Australia.
“The LPG autogas industry is looking for the major parties’ commitments to include LPG,” said Mike Carmody, the group’s CEO, in a statement.
“There are half a million Australians driving LPG vehicles, and putting more on the road will help save automotive jobs, improve the environment and cut motoring costs for families.
“Commitment is crucial. Right now there are 2000 businesses involved in converting and servicing LPG vehicles and they are doing it just as tough as the car manufacturers.”