South Korea mulls changes to LPG car rules

The South Korean government is reportedly planning on lifting restrictions on consumer use of LPG-powered vehicles.

The current law allows only the disabled, individuals of national merit, taxi and car rental businesses to drive LPG cars. Consumers buying sub-1,000 cc s cars or vans for seven or more passengers have the option to fuel LPG.

The government will announce measures allowing greater accessibility to LPG fuel next month as an alternative energy plan.

It is likely to propose to allow general consumers to buy cars with engine capacity of up to 1,600 cc. or five-seat recreational vehicles in LPG fuel option.

A government task force is due to hold its final round of meetings early next month. A final deregulation plan would be announced by the end of next month after a review of an environmental impact assessment report, it has been reported.

The only car available with LPG option in Korea is currently the Hyundai Avante.

Red tape

Meanwhile, in Cyprus, the government has also stepped in to cut red tape around certificates to petrol stations so that the Customs Department can allow them to acquire liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Last month, MPs heard that of the 330 petrol stations operating in Cyprus, around 200 are without final approval certificate. Of the 27 applications still pending, 14 were approved, of which only three were granted a building permit and are awaiting the issue of a final approval certificate.

Akel MP Costas Costa said that the delay in introducing LPG was “inexcusable”. “We are the only country in the world that went ahead with the introduction of LPG without anyone being able to acquire the fuel,” Costas is reported to have said by the Cyprus Mail.