European laws make green motoring a challenge Wednesday 22 August 2007 PDF Print When two friends decided to go on holiday in Europe, they wanted to avoid the carbon footprint associated with air travel by using an environmentally friendly car, powered by vegetable oil, but they were hindered by the laws in different European countries. Kenny Tucker and Marc Tauber will be driving a Mercedes 190D, which can run on waste vegetable oil from restaurants and take-aways. This is a carbon neutral form of travel that also disposes of a waste product. It is illegal in many European countries, including Belgium, despite the obvious environmental advantages. In countries where waste oil is not allowed, the car can also run on pure rapeseed oil, such as the cooking oil available in supermarkets. This is legal in the UK, but restricted in other countries. Kenny is the Technical Director of an environmentally conscious online payroll company, The Payroll Site Ltd, who have sponsored the car. Kenny said "Vegetable Oil is a very green fuel, so it is a shame that European governments are obstructing its use. It will work out greener than flying, even if we do have to produce a bit more CO2 than we would have liked." In France and Italy it is illegal for private cars to use any kind of vegetable oil, so for these legs of the journey, the car will be run on biodiesel. Most biodiesel is made by reacting vegetable oil with methanol. The chemicals and energy involved in this process make biodiesel worse for the environment than vegetable oil. In some cases, it can be worse than using fossil fuels. Kenny said "I'm looking forward to some spectacular scenery, especially as we cross over the Alps. We are hoping to see some of these glaciers that scientists keep talking about." Kenny and Marc will set out on 24th August and over the next 17 days they plan to pass through France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. You can read about their exploits on their website www.carbon-neutral-car.com. The site includes links to legal information for different European countries. -ENDS- ---NOTES FOR EDITORS--- About The Payroll Site Ltd. The Payroll Site Ltd is a provider of online payroll services for small UK employers, accountants and bookkeepers. The business was started in 2004 by two brothers, Steven and Kenny Tucker, who are the directors of the company. The service was first launched in April 2004 and the company formed in June 2004. The Payroll Site Ltd is based in Barnet, Herts. and serves customers spread across the whole of the United Kingdom. More information on The Payroll Site Ltd is available at www.thepayrollsite.co.uk ---CONTACT--- For further information, please contact: Steven Tucker firstname.lastname@example.org 07005 800 089 www.thepayrollsite.co.uk This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of The Payroll Site Limited in the following categories: Leisure & Hobbies, Environment & Nature, Motoring, Travel, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, Transport & Logistics, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.