In a social media Tweet, they have urged drivers to check whether their vehicle is compatible with the new petrol before topping up. They warned drivers could do this using the Government’s online E10 checker which can deliver a result within minutes.
After checking the site, it seemed to claim many models which were not compatible with the new petrol could indeed use it.
Included on the compatible list were nearly all Audi and Vauxhall models despite the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) issuing warnings for these manufacturers’ older vehicles.
The DfT said the information for their online checker “relies on correct information being provided by manufacturers”.
Despite this, the DfT warns it is the drivers responsibility to make sure they use the right fuel for their vehicle.
Although drivers can get away with accidentally filling an incompatible car with E10 fuel once or twice, regular use is not recommended.
According to Hagerty, tests from the DfT revealed a range of serious issues on non-compatible vehicles.
Issues included degradation of the car’s fuel hoses and seals and blicked fuel filters,
Corroded carburrettors, blocked injectors and damaged fuel pumps were also identified.