Diesel drivers could face a bill of nearly five thousand pounds to get to work
THE BRITISH MOTORIST is facing a dilemma this October which could result in the loss of thousands of pounds in a knock-on effect.
A diesel motorist will be hit by a STAGGERING near FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS increase to their driving costs thanks to the upcoming diesel tax if they work or visit an affected city centre on a daily basis which could lead them to ditching their car in favour of a petrol version or public transport.
Or worse still, they could abandon the high street leaving shop owners an uphill battle to survive.
A High Court ruling in November last year found that the government was not doing enough to tackle air pollution with poisonous emissions thought to be responsible for at least 40,000 premature deaths across the UK every year.
Government officials are attempting to drive all but the latest diesels out of city centres and even off the road altogether in an unprecedented effort to reduce toxic emissions.
From 23 October 2017, cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions fee.
Officials hope the move will result in a 50% drop in emissions by 2020 by implementing the changes in a targeted 35 towns and cities to impose clean air zones and charge the most polluting vehicles to enter.
The areas allegedly under scrutiny are Southampton, Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and Leeds. Other cities that could be affected include Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Bristol and Leicester.
But what effect is this going to have on the motorist or city footfall?
Southampton on the south coast had a reported 110 deaths linked to poisonous emissions during 2016, so the diesel tax makes sense, doesn’t it?
But how is this going to affect a now suffering government duped diesel motorist? A diesel motorist entering a city every day of the week will now have to pay £4,562 pounds per year on top of escalating everyday bills.
It leads to another blow to city centre footfalls who are already fighting increased rates and the online traffic of the retail world.
In February this year, sales of diesel cars fell by 9.2%, while petrol vehicles recorded a 5.8% increase – so is this the end of the diesel world the government so promised is the future?
Nearly 1.8 million vehicles are scrapped each year, according to DVLA and a leading scrap car comparison website says this figure will rise with drivers going against rising costs of a diesel engine.
Dan Gick, director of ScrapCarComparison.co.uk says old diesel cars could return you with more money in your pocket than you realise. “If there’s still some life left in your car or it has some re-useable parts, it could be worth much more than scrap and many people don’t realise this. Our team will consult our national network of authorised treatment facilities and specialist buyers to compile a list of Scrap prices for you to consider. You may even receive a salvage offer if a buyer considers your vehicle of high interest.”