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Parking permits increase to force diesel cars off the road

Sign says permit holders only. Photo by Edinburgh Greens (CC BY 2.0)

A number of local councils are raising the price of parking permits for diesel vehicles that were previously regarded as environmentally friendly due to reduced CO2 emissions.

There are increasing fears amid Government officials that diesel vehicles actually lack the green credentials that they had been previously been given.

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Government denies ‘anti-diesel’ agenda

The Government has insisted that it carries no anti-diesel agenda, despite concerns from the fleet industry as a whole that the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal has started to negatively impact tax decisions.

As part of that the Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne delayed removal of the 3 per cent company car diesel supplement until April 2021.  The supplement was originally planned to be removed in April 2016.

The chancellor said that this was ‘in light of the slower-than-expected introduction of more rigorous EU emissions testing.’  However, a number of fleet industry experts have speculated that the VW emissions scandal influenced the decision.

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Diesel or petrol: making the choice

One of the first decisions that you have to make when picking up your first car is whether you want to go with a petrol vehicle or a diesel one.  Today, we’re going to take a look at the differences between the two, and which one is likely to suit you best.

In the UK, diesel can be more expensive than petrol, with fuel pricing favouring the latter.  As well as this, the advances in petrol engine technology has led to increased levels of efficiency, bringing it closer to diesel.  As a result, the diesel premium – typically between £1000 and £2000 on an otherwise identical vehicle – can now be seriously questioned.

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How a regulatory change could raise company vehicle tax by 30%

A new regulatory change could lead to businesses having to increase their vehicle tax budgets by up to 30 per cent, if the latest reports are to be believed.  Today, we’re going to take a look at the changes that are being slowly put in place, and the impact that they could potentially have.

The plan is to introduce a new vehicle emissions test dubbed the Worldwide Harmonised Light-duty Test Procedures (WLTP).  It’s believed that the current New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) has been failing to provide a realistic picture of fuel consumption, and the new measures could help to increase the accuracy of the data.

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Rising cost of motoring hits Britain’s poorest drivers

A rising cost of motoring is beginning to hit Britain’s poorest drivers, with 800,000 motorists spending at least 31 per cent of their disposable income on buying and running a vehicle, according to figures recently released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Our nation’s poorest drivers, including the lowest 10 per cent of households in the UK, spend £51.40 a week buying and running a car, including £16.40 on buying fuel, £9.50 on insurance and £6.10 on repairs, out of a total weekly budget of just £167.

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