Put the Brakes on Demonising Diesel

The number of new diesel registrations has declined by almost 25 per cent since the beginning of 2017, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Rather than it being an issue of performance—new diesel cars in 2017 emitted 12 per cent less carbon dioxide than equivalent older models—experts say the decline is a result of the demonisation of diesel. Contributing to diesel’s demonisation is that, beginning 1 April, drivers could pay £20 to £500 more for their first year vehicle excise duty if their new diesel cars don’t meet the latest emissions standards. (read more) "Put the Brakes on Demonising Diesel"