David Cameron praises MPG Marathon
David Cameron was this week talking at the end of his party's conference in Birmingham and just a few days after a penny was added in duty to a litre of fuel.
He praised both the organisers and competitors who drove through his Witney constituency last month as part of the two-day, 400-mile eco-endurance challenge to demonstrate that the UK's 30 million drivers can all help reduce their motoring costs and their carbon footprint.
'Congratulations to all those involved in the 2010 MPG Marathon challenge. This is a fantastic event in an important industry that is vital to the future of our economy and environment.'
His comments are a ringing endorsement to the event organiser Ross Durkin and the overall winning driver Mick Linford who, with the assistance of co-driver Ella Flynn, achieved an amazing 94.66mpg in the SMART Fortwo CDI Coupe Plus, although this fell short of his success in 2009 when he achieved 96.81mpg from a SMART CDI Passion.
Coming ahead of the 2.5% VAT increase in January, the event, now in its eighth year, is further proof that any driver can put the manufacturer's own estimates of fuel consumption to the test – and win.
Ross Durkin said: 'The Prime Minister's words are welcome and timely for the hard work that goes into organising this event, which has a strong educational and the environmental message – that "smarter driving" can save the pennies, pounds and the planet if everyone does it.
'As of last week motoring became even more expensive and in January it will go up again with the 2.5% increase in VAT, which will add an average £1.50 every time you fill up a tank of fuel. What better endorsement is there for the message of eco-driving?'