Shell cuts lead in petrol - but pushes its luck on diesel

Shell UK has introduced a "low lead" petrol aimed at motorists whose cars are unable to run on unleaded fuel. The move has embarrassed other oil companies, which continue to use close to the maximum permitted level of lead additive. But Shell's attempt to claim credit for launching a low sulphur diesel is harder to swallow - the company is merely complying with EC rules that the oil industry fought to stave off.

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