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The Diesel Debacle!

The Diesel Debacle!

The news has been reporting of extra charges for diesel drivers, after years of believing diesel was the greener option.  In our car leasing news we’ve had a look at the facts surrounding the story ……

Back in 2001 Carbon Dioxide was in the forefront of everyone’s minds as it was thought to be the main cause of pollution.  Because of this Gordon Brown put more tax on those cars that produced higher levels of Carbon Dioxide in their exhaust fumes………The solution seemed simple – buy a diesel car, this way you pay less road tax and are safe in the knowledge you are driving a more environmentally friendly vehicle that is also more fuel efficient.

Now in 2014, we had it wrong the whole time, the new worry is Nitrogen dioxide and it seems petrol cars emit les of it than diesel cars.  Nitrogen Dioxide can produce acid rain; damage the o-zone and hamper the growth of plants…..more than that, high levels of nitrogen dioxide have been linked to respiratory disease and a possible 7,000 deaths a year.

Now Britain is due to be fined by the European Commission for breaching air pollution limits.  18 cities will fail to meet EU clean air targets by 2020, so action must be taken.

The London Mayor, Boris Johnson has announced plans for an extra £10 charge for diesel vehicles to drive in the capital on top of the existing congestion charge, only diesel vehicles that pass the Euro 6 standard will be exempt.   Emission limits have been slashed from the Euro 5 limit of 180 mg/km to the new Euro 6 limit of 80mg/km, this will be the standard all new cars must meet from September 2015.  Fear not - there are plenty of Euro 6 compliant vehicles already around, 1,143 vehicles are already compliant and 478 of these are diesel.  Here’s a few of the many Euro 6 compliant vehicles we have to offer –

Audi A3 Diesel Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 Sport from £220.36 per month

BMW 3 Series Diesel Saloon 320d BluePerformance SE from £273.60 per month

Mazda 3 Diesel Fastback 2.2d SE from £203.88 per month

Vauxhall Astra Diesel Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 16V ecoFlex from £148.75 per month

So after years of being told diesel was the best, now petrol seems like the safer alternative, with over 11 million diesel vehicles on the road that’s a lot of drivers who must feel duped into a bad buy.  Motoring groups say there will now be an additional financial burden for diesel drivers who already face a higher price at the pumps and a loss made as the resale of diesel vehicles plummets.  Motorists will definitely need to wise up on which Euro standard their vehicle complies to.

Maybe this will give us all a push to go electric? ….. Find a guide in our blog: ‘A look at Electric Cars for our Leasing Customers’

The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.

Car related news
14 August 2014
Written by Rivervale
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