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Cataclean partners with Sefton Council

We have partnered up with Sefton Council to bring down the toxic fumes emitted from its fleet of more than 300 vehicles.

The collaboration follows a series of tests by the council to establish whether the fuel additive could help extend the lifespan of its vehicles and improve MPG, but also help to deliver its wider air pollution objectives.

Conducted between November 2018 and February 2019, the comprehensive tests involving refuse wagons at the Council’s servicing and MOT centre in Bootle were compelling.

By pouring Cataclean into the fuel tank under specific conditions, nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels came down by 73%, carbon monoxide (CO) by 50% and carbon dioxide (Co2) by 21%.

As proud finalists for ‘Green Business of the Year’ in the ECHO Environment Awards from the Liverpool ECHO, Cataclean will now be used as an integral part of the regular servicing of the council’s fleet of more than 300 petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles.

Vehicles treated with Cataclean will include 15, 26 and 32 tonne refuse wagons, skip and litter collection vehicles, taxis, mini buses, boats, and even a quad bike for surveying land erosion on the coast.

Marie Gosling, Service Manager for Sefton Council’s Fleet Management Service said: “As part of our vehicle maintenance programme we are now using Cataclean products across our entire fleet to reduce emissions across the borough of Sefton.

“As well as extending the operational life of the fleet, we also have the added benefits of saving on fuel and having more efficient vehicles, which will also hopefully reduce maintenance costs going forward. This will also help us to contribute to the council objective of creating a ‘Clean, Green and Beautiful Borough’.”

Mike Harrison from Cataclean said: “Sefton Council, like most UK councils, was being encouraged by the government to procure sustainable products, wherever possible, as part of its push to protect the environment. 

“The issue with council fleet vehicles is they tend to do very short journeys and have a very stop-start cycle, which makes them less efficient and increases the likelihood of performance-sapping carbon and resin build-up in the fuel and exhaust system.

“Council maintenance teams see many problems associated with blocked diesel particulate filters, which can in turn lead to increased emissions.”

Using Cataclean across the fleet during regular servicing will make a huge difference, making vehicles more efficient and extending their lifespan, whilst also improving air quality. It’s fantastic to see our products go from being a routine part of maintenance to helping with local authorities’ pollution strategies and we look forward to building this partnership further.”

So compelling are the results with Sefton Council that testing is now underway in minibuses in Liverpool, commissioned by the City Council’s ‘Let’s Clear the Air’ campaign committee.

Unite the Union Liverpool Taxi Branch already recommends its members use Cataclean as part of servicing after testing the product in its hackney cabs last year. The tests saw levels of nitrogen oxide come down by 28% and carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons reduce by up to 70%.

Cataclean, established in 1995, cleans, restores and protects a vehicle’s complete engine, fuel and exhaust system, improving performance and MPG and bringing down a vehicle’s toxic emissions by up to 60%, which can help motorists pass the tough, new MoT emissions test.

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