Chancellor Blasted As Motoring Groups Claim Diesel Tax Could INCREASE Toxic Emissions

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FURIOUS motoring groups claim the Chancellor’s diesel premium tax could push UP emissions – by forcing Brits to stay with older cars.

The RAC yesterday blasted Philip Hammond for a “knee-jerk” reaction after the Sun revealed he wants to put a £200 levy on all new diesel sales.

 Motorists could be forced to stick with older diesels to save money - and push up toxic emissions>PA:Press Association>
Motorists could be forced to stick with older diesels to save money - and push up toxic emissions

It said the move defied belief the Treasury appeared to be defending it by saying motorists had benefited from a fuel duty freeze since 2011.

The ‘premium’ tax is part of a strategy to incentivise motorists to ‘cleaner’ petrol or hybrid cars to tackle spiralling NOx emissions.

But RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “It would be a terrible, misjudged ‘knee-jerk’ reaction which could backfire.

“We are concerned that those who drive long distances, business drivers especially, might consider sticking with their older diesels given the superior economy they offer.

 Philip Hammond is planning a smash-and-grab raid on diesel drivers>PA:Press Association>
Philip Hammond is planning a smash-and-grab raid on diesel drivers

“The irony is the next-generation of diesel engines which manufacturers are developing right now are likely to be as clean as their petrol equivalents.”

He added a “sudden rush” to petrol could also trigger a spike in CO2 emissions – which was exactly why the previous Labour government tried to encourage people to buy diesel 15 years ago.

AA president Edmund King added: “The Treasury should concentrate on incentives for greener cars rather than hitting diesel.”

Environment Secretary Michael Gove is due to launch consultation on his controversial Air Quality plan after the Budget on November 22.

 Despite the plan to clean up the air in UK cities, the new 'tax' could result in more of this, according to motoring groups>Alamy>
Despite the plan to clean up the air in UK cities, the new 'tax' could result in more of this, according to motoring groups

Unveiling his initial proposals in July, he paved the way for charging zones in towns and cities across the UK and admitted ‘dirty’ diesels may even be BANNED from certain roads.

Altogether Mr Gove listed sections of 80 A-roads and motorways with poor air quality where charging and bans may be introduced.

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Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4890426/chancellor-diesel-tax-emissions/

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