With only 10% of emissions attributed to diesel cars, why should hard-working drivers, families, white van man, small businesses be held responsible for 90% of the issue. It’s clear that Ministers do not have a clue how to lower emissions but want to be seen to be doing something. Even if that something is manifestly and categorically wrong! Whilst NOx levels are clearly and evidentially falling, the out of touch politicos focus on satisfying the emotive green minority and left wing scare mongerers by hiking taxes on the innocent diesel driver.
In our recent survey of 16,000 drivers, only 1 in 100 UK drivers believe that adding a pollution tax to diesel will improve the environment. With 4 out of 5 diesel drivers saying they have no choice but to drive the same mileage even with a speculative green tax added to their fuel bill. 98% of drivers believe such a tax hike would cost jobs, increase inflation and purely just raise extra cash for the Treasury.
It’s strange that UK diesel drivers are already punitively taxed more so than those in Germany, France, Greece and other EU economies. These nations all subsidise diesel with lower taxation compared to their petrol levies. Amazingly Greek diesel drivers pay a massive 25p less than petrol at the pumps. The UK is the only nation that nearly always pays more at the pumps for diesel than petrol. So any additional tax hike masked under a Green label will be unfair and pointless. Instead, let’s have a grown up debate on getting older diesel engines incentivised to move to cleaner Euro 6 units. In our survey 9 out of 10 diesel drivers support a fair scrappage scheme.
Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover and Chair of the APPG for Fair Fuel said: "It's wrong to demonise diesel drivers. Pollution must be tackled - yet diesel cars account for just 10% of emissions. It means there's a real risk 90% of the problem will get ignored, which would be bad for our health and the environment. Many drivers feel they were encouraged to buy diesel by the last Labour government. Punishing them with extra taxes is deeply unfair. The great danger is that tens of thousands of drivers will switch to petrol. This is not the answer. It would simply mean harmful CO2 levels rocketing. We must take an approach which tackles the whole pollution problem - not just use this as an excuse to fleece motorists for more taxes."
Howard Cox, Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign said: ‘Waging war on hard working diesel drivers is crass, ill thought out and deceitful. NOx is already falling in our cities without fleecing motorists with another quick cash grab. Poor policy based on emotion is driving Whitehall decisions with Ministers ignoring low emission alternatives, such as retrofitting buses and replacing fleets. These are instant solutions proven not to hurt the economy or drivers. Out of touch myopic politicians will add more misery to UK drivers who already pay more for diesel than petrol. No other nation worldwide does that to its people.’
Quentin Willson, Motoring Journalist and Lead Campaigner for FairFuelUK said: 'Nobody is talking about the amounts of particulate matter emitted because it's very rarely measured. It's not Nox that's the health issue it's PM 10s, 2.5s and Ultra Fine Particles. Generated by all vehicles, not just by burning fossil fuels but also from brake linings and tyres. How can we rank diesels without measuring the PMs? .'