Motorist lobby group RACQ has done an about turn to finally support an ethanol mandate across Queensland’s fuel supply.

All political parties in Parliament on Wednesday supported a motion setting an ‘intention’ to introduce the mandate, but a target or timeline was not committed to.

While progress was made, the major parties voted down a Katter’s Australian Party push to have a 10 per cent mandate.

The RACQ does not support a 10 per cent mandate, but executive manager of public policy Michael Roth said it would get behind a more incremental introduction.

We believe if they start with a two per cent mandate in the next year of two, growing to three per cent by 2020.

RACQ executive manager of public policy Michael Roth

“As long as it is done in a cautious fashion,” Mr Roth told ABC 612 Brisbane.

“We believe if they start with a 2 per cent mandate in the next year or two, growing to 3 per cent by 2020.

“That will mean there is still regular unleaded available at most service stations.”

The former Beattie government was on the cusp of bringing in a 5 per cent mandate in 2010, but abandoned plans months before its introducing.

One critic was the RACQ, which argued that 20 per cent of cars were not compatible with E10 fuel and owners would be forced to fork out for premium unleaded.

Today, 15 per cent are incompatible and by 2020 that figure reduces to 7 per cent, Mr Roth said.

In NSW a 6 per cent mandate has been introduced, but Mr Roth said it had been a “train wreck”.

“It is not working, they are not meeting the 6 per cent and it’s creating problems everywhere,” he said.

KAP MP Rob Katter was disappointed more progress had not been made.

“It’s one thing to talk about an ethanol mandate and to legislate it, but it has to be rolled out effectively and that’s where the rubber hits the road,” he said.

“And that’s something we feel strongly about. Without that you can have the failures that they’ve experienced in New South Wales.”

Extracted in full from ABC.