Selly Oak based Harborne Garage Limited is leading the charge to tackle rising air pollution in the West Midlands after being hand-picked to join a new car conversion network aimed at making high-quality LPG conversions more accessible for motorists.

The appointment comes after Birmingham was named by the World Health Organisation as one of the 10 worst cities in the UK for air quality, with pollution claiming up to 530 lives in the city each year, and a ruling by the Supreme Court in London that will force the UK government to introduce plans to tackle the problem by the end of 2015.

“Having read about the air quality problems which are mainly caused by diesel vehicles, we wanted to take a leading position within Birmingham and the West Midlands and are therefore delighted to have been selected to join the new Autogas network,” explains Steve Law, service manager, Harborne Garage.

In comparison to diesel derivatives, vehicles that run on autogas LPG emit less than 80 per cent nitrogen oxide (NO2); a pollutant that is known to cause and exacerbate respiratory problems. Furthermore, due to its better environmental credentials, LPG attracts less fuel duty and users can typically slash their fuel bills by as much as 40 per cent.

General Manager of Autogas, Linda Gomersall, said: “With poor air quality responsible for an estimated 29,000 deaths in the UK every year – equivalent to the entire population of Stratford upon Avon – it is great news to have Harborne join the conversion network and assist Birmingham in its mission to address air pollution.”

Businesses and private individuals booking an LPG conversion with Harborne Garage can expect to receive a dedicated branded experience, high-quality engine conversions by Autogas assessed engineers with an efficient service. Customers will also be provided with further exclusive post-conversion support, including membership of the Shell Drivers’ Club and a £50 fuel voucher.

To find out more about autogas LPG and how you can convert your car to run on the cheaper, cleaner fuel, visit Alternatively to enquire about a conversion with Harborne Garage, call them on 0121 472 4300.