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Dorset cab firm cuts fuel costs by a third with LPG

The business was set up in 2014 by Danny and Stacy Cogan and, using Danny’s experiences of working for another local cab firm and his studies for an Open University degree in environmental science, they decided to opt for LPG.

The first member of the Castle Cabs fleet was a 2004 Vauxhall Vectra, equipped with a factory-fitted LPG autogas system. Once business got going, Danny and Stacy discovered the significant financial gains of running on gas.

“The number one benefit for the business is definitely the cost side,” he confirmeds. “I’m saving at least a third on fuel compared to other local firms. For example, a typical airport run from Bournemouth to Gatwick costs £37 on diesel, but only costs me £24 on LPG.

“It was only six weeks until we were in a position to buy our second vehicle,” added Danny. “The savings we were making running the Vectra on LPG absolutely helped us pay for the second car.”

The new addition, a 2003 Vauxhall Astra, also featured a factory-fit LPG system. Now, Danny is on the lookout for an OEM LPG-equipped Vauxhall Zafira six-seater to add a third car to the Castle Cabs ranks.

Being able to position Castle Cabs as an environmentally friendly, low-emission firm has also has proved a hit with customers.

Danny added: “At least a third of our new bookings come from people who have found us online and go with us because they like the fact we’re eco-friendly. It’s amazing how many passengers comment on how quiet and smooth our cars are compared to other cabs, as well.”

He added: “We don’t offer lower prices because our fuel costs are lower, so we’re ploughing savings back into the business. What it does mean is that, if our competitors go to undercut us, we can afford to cut our prices as well without really worrying about it.”

Danny also recommends LPG to other taxi and private hire firms.

“I’ve already convinced two of my independent colleagues in Christchurch to get an LPG car next time,” he said. “And I’d say anyone buying a taxi should look at it very seriously. I never have problems finding gas to fill up.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.