York City Council to test new fuel additive

York City Council has joined forces with Unipart Rail to become the first local authority in the UK to trial a new fuel additive.

The ground-breaking scheme is being trialled on a range of vehicle types across its fleet, and is set to save the council up to £50,000 a year and significantly reduce toxic emissions from the council’s vehicles

Unipart Rail has selected the council for its pilot scheme, which it anticipates will be rolled out across the country with other commercial vehicle operators.

DiesoLiFT™ works by increasing the efficiency of the diesel’s combustion, safely cleans the engine and mitigates the issues borne from water contamination in the fuel. 

“We thank UniPart Rail for choosing York to trial this new product which we hope will not only save the council thousands of pounds, but will also help to reduce the amount of harmful emissions from our vehicles,” said Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Andrew Waller.

“It’s important that we can be seen to be leading the way and making this important step-change, particularly if other businesses are to follow suit.”

George Tillier, MD of Unipart Rail, commented: “We are very pleased to be working with such a forward thinking local authority such as City of York Council to trial one of our innovative products.  

“DiesoLiFT™ and our Fuel Efficiency Management package of services will help the council to save money and reduce the amount of harmful emissions that their vehicles emit. Testing and trial results within other transport sectors that we are also working with have provided compelling evidence which we are confident City of York Council will also experience.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues