Minister gives government approval to 2012 MPG Marathon
Before the presentation of the trophies, held at the Royal Automobile Club, Mr Baker said that the idea of trying to go the extra mile “chimed in very well” with the work of government, where there was an emphasis on getting the most from the existing transport system, and creating growth while reducing emissions.
Competitors in this year’s ALD Automotive / Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon clearly demonstrated how the use of smarter driving techniques can considerably reduce the amount of fuel used by cars and vans. The 27 competitors in the MPG Marathon achieved an average 16% improvement over the published fuel consumption figures for their vehicles, with two teams managing over 100mpg in the event.
Mr Baker commented that rising oil prices, advances in engine technology and the UK’s need for energy security were among the drivers for motorists seeking to get better fuel consumption from their vehicles. He said ‘Better fuel consumption makes good economic and environmental sense.’
‘Creating growth and cutting carbon are key aims for the Department for Transport and the MPG Marathon fits in precisely with these objectives. The winners are real achievers – hard-driving heroes,’ he added.
MPG Marathon organiser, Ross Durkin said: ‘It has been great for the MPG Marathon to have Norman Baker to present the trophies. The sponsors and organisers put a great deal of effort into the event – as do the competitors – and to get government approval at the highest level makes it all the more worthwhile.
‘The Minister kindly agreed to a photo-shoot on Pall Mall with Ford Motor Company Chairman, Joe Greenwell, and the drivers of the Ford Fiesta who achieved an amazing 108.78mpg over the 370-mile course. This sort of publicity really does raise awareness of what drivers can do if they try,’ he added.
Images of the awards ceremony are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157631790545423/
Images of vehicles competing in the 2012 MPG Marathon can be found at: http://www.pbase.com/nwp/mpg2012