Kenyan Motorists Fueling Cars With Cooking Gas Warned

Motorists stuck in traffic in Nairobi in October 2021

Motorists dumping petrol to fuel their cars with LPG gas (liquified petroleum gas) have been cautioned against the move that may see them lose insurance. 

An insurance company based in Nairobi, in a notice dated Monday, August, 23, cautioned that modified cars would not be insured and contracts issued to motorists may be terminated. 

GM Underwriting and Reinsurance announced that it may not renew the insurance covers of the said vehicles, other than termination. 

Matatus at traffic snarl-up along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi

“In recent years, the motor industry has witnessed a growing trend in modification of vehicles’ fuel consumption from diesel/petrol to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). 

"Unfortunately, some of these vehicles have found their way into our covers,” the memo read in part. 

Motorists were accused of modifying the vehicles without consulting the insurer and manufacturers. 

"This decision exposes the vehicles to third-party liabilities if an accident occurs.

“We have therefore taken a decision not to onboard or renew cover for any vehicle with such modification done without manufacturer’s approval,” the insurance company warned. 

Motorists in Nairobi stated that they opted to use cooking gas for it was cheaper compared to petrol and diesel. 

Benson Kamau, a cab driver, claimed that using LPG gas had helped him cut down on his fuel expenses by almost 40 percent.

“LPG gas lasted longer than regular petrol and that the cost of refilling it was also cheaper,” he stated. 

File image of a fuel attendant at work at a petrol station.
File image of a fuel attendant at work at a petrol station.
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