Used car labelling

Launch of used car fuel economy label

2 November 2009

Colour-coded fuel economy labels have been a feature of new car show rooms since 2005. They will soon be seen on used cars too following an announcement today by Transport Minister Sadiq Khan MP.

fuel economy labels are soon to be seen on used cars too The label provides consumers with clear 'at a glance' information on the running costs, fuel consumption and environmental performance of used cars available from participating dealers.

The used car label is a voluntary initiative for dealers, developed by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership(LowCVP) with support from the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Government.

The scheme was launched to the automotive trade in early August 2009 when dealers were invited to sign-up (2000 had done so by November) with the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) to take part and display the label on cars that they sell.

The colour-coded label provides easy to read information on a car's make and model along with its CO2 emissions, estimated fuel cost over 12,000 miles and MPG. Dealers can choose only to label cars up to two years old, or to label older cars manufactured as far back as 1st March 2001.

Private sales are not covered by the scheme.


Minister for Transport Sadiq Khan MP said at the launch "Running costs and environmental performance are increasingly important to new and used car buyers. I am therefore delighted that the well-established and recognised new car label is now joined by a similar used car label. I hope as many dealers as possible will participate and I encourage used car buyers to look-out for the label when they consider what to buy."

AA President, Edmund King said "Motorists are fighting back against high fuel prices by choosing more fuel efficient cars. In fact 62% of our AA/Populus panel say that when buying another car they would choose a more fuel efficient one.

"However, used car buyers are currently kept in the dark regarding fuel efficiency when looking at used cars on dealer's forecourts. In an AA/Populus panel survey1 91% supported a fuel economy label on used cars so they will be better informed about future running costs."


1Survey carried out between 1 and 7 September 2009 and responded to by 18,964.

The LowCVP is a partnership of over 300 organisations from the automotive and fuel industries, the environmental sector, government, academia, road user groups and other organisations with a stake in the low carbon vehicles and fuels agenda.

VCA is an agency of the Department for Transport and has been asked to supply a product to deliver used car labels to dealers in the required format. The product is web-based so dealers will simply require an Internet link and a colour printer. Dealers can register to use the system either individually or through their manufacturer (brand).

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3 November 2009