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Liverpool firm supports cab drivers under pressure to cut emissions

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The Liverpool branch of a national transport union has enlisted the support of a city firm to help taxi drivers cut toxic fumes after testing of its products showed they could significantly reduce emissions.

Unite the Union Liverpool taxi branch tested Cataclean’s fuel additive in seven of the city’s Hackney cabs collectively driving over 500,000 miles a year. Four separate tests were carried out between March and July 2018 to see how much deadly gas could be cut by adding it to the tank on a six-week basis.

End results showed levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) had been reduced by 28%, while carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (Co2) and hydrocarbons were cut by up to 70%. This follows previous independent testing by the RAC, which reduced its fleet emissions by using Cataclean by up to 60%.

Crucially, after the taxi testing in Liverpool, drivers reported that their MPG had improved by 2-3p per mile, saving the average driver who is driving 4,000 miles a month around £850 per year.

The testing was commissioned to support the NHS-backed Let’s Clear the Air Liverpool campaign, which aims to improve the city’s air quality after it was branded one of five Clean Air Zones in the UK. Unite the Union is now not only encouraging its taxi driver members to use Cataclean as part of their regular vehicle maintenance, but has struck a deal with the firm to give members 30% off its products.

Mike Harrison from Cataclean said the taxi testing results were compelling. “The reduction in emissions was particularly impressive when the taxi’s engines were at idle, when they were waiting to pick up passengers or sitting in traffic, which is when most vehicles are at their most polluting,” he said.

Tommy McIntyre, a senior spokesman for Liverpool Unite the Union taxi branch, which, as part of the overall union, represents 1.42m members, said:

“the partnership with Cataclean could result in a drastic cut in city centre emissions – a highly effective measure until so-called dirty diesels could be phased out.”

“Not only that, members who use the product as part of their regular vehicle maintenance can extend the life of their Hackney cabs and save money through fuel economy,” he said. “We are also in talks with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and councillors to explore other joint initiatives to cut our members’ emissions and improve air quality in the city.”

The latest science suggests that in a city the size of Liverpool, exposure to poor quality air contributes to around 230 deaths each year, with diesel exhausts containing up to 30 times more air pollution than petrol. Following the Hackney cab testing, Cataclean is now being tested by Liverpool City Council’s Fleet and Transport Services with a view to it being used across its vehicles to improve air quality.

Since the introduction of the new-look MOT’s stricter emissions test in May, Cataclean has seen an increase in sales as motorists – particularly drivers of diesels – strive to bring down their toxic fumes.

Poured into the tank every three months, or every 3,000 miles, Cataclean is different to other products of its type in that it cleans, restores and protects the entire engine, fuel and exhaust system, blitzing resin and carbon deposits from fuel injectors, intake valves, DPF, catalytic converter and exhaust. Long term use provides protection against build-ups and clogging to prevent failure of engines and exhaust systems.

Improving miles per gallon and saving money on fuel costs, Cataclean also improves BHP, torque and throttle response, improving overall vehicle efficiency and performance.

The 30% off discount, available to Unite the Union taxi drivers who buy Cataclean through Euro Car Parts with their union card, means drivers will be able to purchase Cataclean for just £9+VAT.

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