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Ethanol mandate won't hurt drivers: RACQ

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016

Queensland motorists shouldn't be adversely affected by a looming ethanol mandate, the state's peak motoring body says.

Large fuel retailers will be required by state law from January 1 to ensure three per cent of their petrol sales each quarter are biofuel-based.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said the mandate shouldn't affect competition across the state or fuel choices at the bowser.

"There's been some concern retailers will opt to remove unleaded petrol altogether to reach the E10 sales quota, as was the case in NSW, but we are assured the lower mandate in Queensland will prevent this from occurring," she said.

An RACQ fuel sales data analysis showed that 35.6 million litres of E10 was sold in Queensland in October, which was an 11 per cent increase on the previous month but still only half of the mandated volume.

Acting Premier Jackie Trad said the government would continue to work with the fuel industry to ensure the mandate was taken up without affecting motorists.

"We have a voluntary E10 or ethanol blend at every service station ... and what we do see is differences in the choice that consumers have at the bowser, and that will continue," Ms Trad said on Friday.

"The government is very happy to keep working with petrol stations and the fuel industry to make sure our commitment is delivered on."

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