Sunday, October 11, 2015

FairFuelUK, the UK’s leading and most successful protest group on road fuel pricing, is warning the government not to penalise diesel drivers with higher rates of fuel duty or cause a crash in secondhand values through misinformation.  There has to be a measured, practical and well informed response to the issues related to diesel emissions, the VW saga and its undoubted impact on the economy.

Lead Campaigner, Broadcaster and Journalist, Quentin Willson, says: ’ The UK’s 15 million diesel drivers shouldn’t be financially penalised because of a knee-jerk reaction to the recent VW emissions scandal.  We’re hearing rumours in Westminster that the Treasury could be considering higher Vehicle Excise Duty rates, a purchase tax on used diesel vehicles, a 1p rise in duty and even an increase in VAT on diesel. This could cause used diesel car and van values to collapse and add millions in extra costs to families and businesses across the country.’ 
In 2001 Gordon Brown reduced the tax on low sulphur diesel and drivers were told that diesel fuel emitted less CO2 and was better for the environment. Sales of diesel passenger cars in the UK rose as a direct result of this policy change with 50% of all cars now being powered by diesel engines. Motoring consumers were misled and both Labour and Conservative governments have repeatedly ignored warnings from clean air campaigners about particulate and NOx emissions. The current MoT test has no provision to measure particulates or NOx and only tests for excessive smoke.  Drivers of older diesels have never had clear guidelines about the emissions content of their vehicles so have never been able to make informed and environmentally conscious buying decisions.

In the largest ever survey of UK Driver Opinion to be published in the next month covering motoring issues that impact on daily lives and the economy, 61% of FairFuelUK supporters said there should be a Government incentivised older diesel engine scrappage scheme.  

FairFuelUK is asking the Government to better manage the current diesel debate and suggests the following:


1.        An older diesel scrappage scheme to incentivise drivers of the most polluting cars and vans to switch to petrol, hybrid or electric.

2.        That the MoT test for diesels includes testing for fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

3.        The creation of an independent data bank of the emissions content of all diesel cars and vans, new and old, which can be easily accessed by consumers.

4.        An enquiry into the reasons why modern Diesel Particulate Filters have a high failure and blockage rate.   

5.        Much better research into the health risks and toxicity of diesel emissions.

Howard Cox, co-founder of FairFuelUK says: ‘This week we will be writing to all MPs and asking where they are positioned on the future of diesel taxation. We welcome the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin's timely comment that protecting UK consumer interests in the wake of the VW debacle is very important, but there’s a great danger that diesel hysteria could get out of control. There’s far too much misinformation in the press and this government needs to reassure businesses and drivers that they won’t face financial hardship for choosing diesel cars and vans. Clean air in our town and cities is an urgent priority but we can’t fix this overnight with draconian taxation levels. Reducing diesel emissions is something that must happen but needs reasoned and informed debate.

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[ posted by Trevor Clift, 11.10.15 15:19 ]

Why were we almost forced to move to diesel? It was obvious the problems had not been solved re particulates etc - just follow an old taxi for 2 minutes. Inestment into clean petrol or other fules is needed. After all CO2 is only plant food. There has been no golbal warming for 18 years and 8 months, despite vast quantities on CO2 being emitted.


[ posted by simon heath, 11.10.15 17:09 ]

I own a 1997 2.5 diesel fiat ducato which is a 6 berth swift royale motorhome with only 50,000 miles,to get a similar vehicle with low emissions would cost in excess of £55, I am a pensioner,what do think I should do?


[ posted by Coin Currie, 11.10.15 20:36 ]

I started as a mechanic Jan 1980. Worked on petrol/diesel cars and progressed too vans lorries and then buses. In early mid 90s I was working for first bus when all workshops had extractor systems fitted in workshops! Now it's all starting to make sense. I'm 52 and many of my old work colleagues never even made it to retirement age or died soon after. Effects off the diesel fumes ? It was pure hell if you were down one pit and a bus was running on the pit next to you eyes stinging and streaming with tears. . The buses were mid engined and the exhaust exited half way along bus. If on early shift your eyes were streaming from the fumes of all the buses running to build up air pressure before leaving depots. I have only been running a diesel car for just over a year as I got it cheap to travel to work as we need two cars. Performance is there now but if I want that I use my bike.


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