EU Directive on fuel deadline looms

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Published on 5 September 2018 by Matt Colley

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

A run of new symbols could be about to appear at the petrol pump thanks to an EU directive.

The October 2018 deadline set by a 2014 European Union (EU) Directive is approaching, and all member states are required to improve the quality of information presented to consumers regarding the choice of compatible fuels.

The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has approved a set of symbols – ‘fuel identifiers’ – which will be visible on all new vehicles and at filling stations. They will be placed under the fuel filler cap on all new vehicles, and more information can be found here.

Bikers will also want to look out for the consequences of another EU Directive which states that petrol may contain up to 10% ethanol (E10) by volume. Motorcycle Rider has kept an eye on this issue – you can read more here – and in particular the effect that ethanol mixtures above 10% can have in terms of damage to fuel lines, poor starts and spoiled paintwork.

To find out if your bike might be affected, you can find a list of motorcycle brands and models and their compatibility with E10 fuel on the ACEM website.

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