Former Stig Ben Collins Supports #bg4cleanerair Campaign

August 28, 2018


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Air pollution is the fourth biggest danger to public health after cancer, obesity and heart disease. That’s the stark warning from Environment Secretary Michael Gove who recently published the Government’s new Clean Air Strategy to combat the growing threat.

The numbers involved are equally shocking. Air pollution is linked to about 40,000 premature deaths each year in the UK according to a recent report by researchers at the universities of Oxford and Bath and results in health bills of nearly £6bn every year.

Transport is the biggest source of air pollution in the UK according to charity Environment Protection UK with road transport accounting for 22% of total UK emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), 34% of nitrogen dioxide emissions and 12% of particulate matter emissions.

        Estimated that 90% of health costs from
       vehicle pollution caused by diesel vehicles

The last two are nasty pollutants particularly damaging to the health of people, animals and vegetation locally in town centres and alongside busy roads. 

It is estimated that nearly 90 per cent of all the health costs associated with pollution from cars and vans are caused by diesel vehicles. And whilst technological advances (including EGR-Exhaust Gas Recirculation systems, catalytic converters and DPF-Diesel Particulate Filters) have made some impact on emissions, without regular preventative maintenance these devices can simply become overloaded and not perform as designed.


As well as straightforward options like switching from the car to walking/cycling for short journeys, sharing journeys with friends or family, and avoiding overtaxing your engine, ensuring your vehicle is properly serviced will ensure it performs efficiently and correspondingly emits less pollution.

Car manufacturers, engine producers and even the fuel companies now acknowledge that problems caused by carbon deposits – the natural by-product of combustion – and the effect they have on pollution. 

Deposits will form in only a few thousand miles and without preventative maintenance, accumulate over time. As standard car servicing doesn’t significantly affect the power and MPG-sapping deposits that accumulate in your engine, more intensive cleaning is needed to keep a vehicle’s engine running efficiently and producing less particulate matter.

BG Products, a long-established US chemical company, puts significant investment into Research and Development in order to develop effective products that cleanse and remove carbon deposits.


Published testing conducted by BG proves the importance of good preventative maintenance. A fleet trial with US oil giant Halliburton cut the NOx by 50% from the treated vehicles and the particulates by 81%. Bus and train testing has also been seen to deliver substantial cuts to pollutants.

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Former Stig, Ben Collins, tested BG on his own Land Rover! 

Expert vehicle test driver Ben Collins, formerly of BBC’s Top Gear, tested BG Products on his own Land Rover Defender. Since using BG he reports it’s so much smoother.

This was backed up by the dyno results before and after which objectively record the improvement.

Watch the test at


Last updated: August 30, 2018 @ 09:59 AM


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