At Motor Market, we currently sell a wide range of ecologically responsible used cars that emit a modest amount of CO2 emissions. By investing in these environmentally efficient cars, you can reduce your carbon footprint and save money on fuel. However, if you still remain reluctant to invest in low emission cars or if you have been considering purchasing a diesel powered vehicle, the following news may dissuade you: according to a government proposal, there may soon be an increased charge imposed upon diesel vehicle drivers in several of Britain's biggest cities.
This announcement came from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) who revealed that numerous cities across the United Kingdom, including London, Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton, are on course to exceed the European nitrogen dioxide air pollution limits. Currently, nitrogen dioxide is responsible for over 23,000 deaths in Britain each year. Diesel vehicles and other known sources of nitrogen dioxide are also known to be sources of harmful particulate matter - air pollutants which are responsible for an additional 29,000 deaths in the United Kingdom each year. In response to these growing health concerns, DEFRA have published a consultation document that has proposed introducing "access restrictions for certain types of vehicles" from 2020.
As matters stand, London government officials have declared that diesel drivers will be charged an additional £12.50 as well as the current £10 charge for entering the city's ultra-low emission zone. Although DEFRA have not yet confirmed how much other cities would charge diesel drivers, it is anticipated that similar pricing structures will be introduced.
Ultimately, although these proposals have received a fair share of criticism from members of the public and national automotive organisations, such as the AA, these reports indicate that there is an ever-increasing financial incentive for purchasing low emission vehicles - a trend that only looks set to become more prevalent in the near future.