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Is it the end of the road for diesel cars?


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Is it the end of the road for diesel cars?

Motoring groups and environmental organisations are fearful that diesel cars could be phased out by the Government as part of its plan to cut air pollution.

The Supreme Court last month ordered the Department for the Environment to urgently look into how to tackle air pollution in this country as it faces millions of pounds of fines by the European Commission for not reducing levels of nitrogen dioxide in the UK. 

Diesel cars produce the largest amount of toxic gas and experts believe that new expensive taxes will be brought in or incentives for car owners to scrap their cars in an attempt to reduce the 11 million motorists on the road that drive diesel cars.

It is a far cry from 2001 when the then chancellor, Gordon Brown, reduced vehicle excise duty for diesel cars because they are around 20 per cent more efficient than petrol cars with lower levels of carbon dioxide. 

This tax cut resulted in a massive shift to diesel cars which now account for a third of all vehicles on Britain's roads. However diesel vehicles apparently emit up to twice the nitrogen dioxide that petrol cars produce. 

Many car owners who switched to a diesel car are unhappy that they are now being demonised when they thought they were doing the right thing, on Government advice, by changing from a petrol car.

Car manufacturers are already looking at ways of reducing pollution levels with the focus on electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars. Last year, sales of hybrid plug-in cars increased by more than 30 per cent, while electric cars also went up by over 20 per cent so motorists appear to clearly be looking at alternatives.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) point out that today's diesel engines are the cleanest ever and that NOx emissions have decreased by 84 per cent in the last 15 years.

If you are considering switching back from a diesel car to petrol car, at Sell Your Jamjar we buy any car regardless of the fuel it uses!

To value your car, simply enter your registration number, provide us with some details about the vehicle and ownership information and we will do the rest. 

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