Statutory Instruments

2013 No. 2897

Public Health

The Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) (Amendment) Regulations 2013


11th November 2013

Laid before Parliament

15th November 2013

Coming into force

1st January 2014

The Secretary of State for Transport makes the following regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 30(1), 32(1) and 63(1) of the Clean Air Act 1993(1).

In accordance with section 30(2) of that Act the Secretary of State has consulted such persons as appeared to the Secretary of State to represent manufacturers and users of motor vehicles and to represent the producers and users of fuel for motor vehicles and to be conversant with problems of air pollution.

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 and come into force on 1st January 2014.

Amendment of the Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) Regulations 1999

2.  The Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) Regulations 1999(2) are amended as follows.

3.  In regulation 3(5), for “2014” substitute “2017”.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

Baroness Kramer

Minister of State

Department for Transport

11th November 2013


(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/3107) (“the 1999 Regulations”). The 1999 Regulations as amended prior to these amending regulations make provision that the ethanol and oxygen content of super unleaded petrol sold at larger filling stations before 1st January 2014 must be no more than 5% and 2.7% by volume respectively. Article 3(3) of Directive 1998/70/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ No L 350, 28.12.98, p.58), as amended by Article 3(a) of Directive 2009/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ No L 140, 5.6.09, p.88), permits Member States to extend this restriction for a longer period of time if necessary.

Regulation 3 amends regulation 3(5) of the 1999 Regulations by extending the date until which this restriction applies from 1st January 2014 to 1st January 2017.

A full impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs to business and the voluntary sector is available from the Low Carbon Fuels Division, Department for Transport, 33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR and is published with an Explanatory Memorandum alongside the instrument on Legislation.gov.uk.

These regulations were notified in draft to the European Commission in accordance with Directive 1998/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ No L 204, 21.7.1998, p.37), as amended by Directive 1998/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ No L 217 5.8.1998, p.18).

A copy of the Directives referred to in this Explanatory Note may be viewed in the Official Journal of the European Union via the EUR-Lex website at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/Index.do


S.I. 1999/3107; relevant amending instruments are S.I. 2003/3078, 2007/1608, 2010/3035 and 2012/2567.