New fuel pump labels across Europe
A new European standard will introduce uniform petrol pump labels across EU and EEA member states, a move designed to remove confusion when travelling abroad.
From October this year, the old labelling will disappear and new symbols will appear:
E5, E10 or E85 in a circle for petrol
B7, B10 or XTL in a square for diesel
H2, CNG, LPG or LNG in a lozenge for gaseous fuels
For petrol and diesel labels, the number represents the percentage of biofuel it contains. In the case of gaseous fuels, the letters indicate what kind of gas is available.
The labels will be used on new vehicles, on fuel pumps and they will also be printed in new vehicle manuals.
The labels will be used in all 28 European Union member states, in EEA member states (i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and in CEN members Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.
It is up to the UK to decide the way in which EU rules will apply after Brexit and that includes this new labelling regulation.
A CEN standard is in preparation for labels applicable to electric vehicles and recharging points. It is expected that a similar system will be made public for EVs in due time.