14th June 2017 by John Meadowcroft
Diesel’s dying out, isn’t it? We’re all going to be driving electric cars soon, surely? It’s bad for the environment; better look at something else, then…
Diesel’s reputation has been under the spotlight recently. From our perspective, it’s an issue we like to discuss with our potential clients on a personal level when they’re unsure whether they should lease a diesel or petrol vehicle.
Diesel v’s Petrol has been a fight for the ages but, according to a lot of media outlets, diesel is bad for your health and the planet as well as being a financial millstone around the necks of drivers when compared against petrol motors and a forthcoming electric vehicle revolution.
We feel there’s a lot of overreaction in the media. Every single vehicle on the planet has its pros and cons, and that goes for diesel models too. Diesel models not only have a huge amount to offer drivers in practical ways, they can also provide them with amazing financial benefits, especially for those companies that operate large commercial fleets.
Don’t just take our word for it; recently the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) – the face of the UK’s vehicle trade industry – has launched a ferocious defence in support of diesel vehicles and the benefits they provide.
Diesel vehicles, they point out, keep the entire UK economy moving. Most emergency vehicles are diesel while a report from the SMMT highlights that UK commercial vehicles contribute £27.5bn to the economy by moving freight alone.
Production of low-emission diesels continues to rise too, with diesel models’ excellent fuel economy and lower CO2 output (compared against petrol) making diesels a favourite across Europe. With 96% of commercial vehicles in the UK being diesel and many manufacturers exporting low-emission diesel engines to other nations, diesel isn’t going anywhere yet.
Again though, it depends on what best suits your needs and budget as a motorist. Our advice is contact us and talk through your requirements and take advantage of our experts’ impartial advice. Both petrol and diesel are good options and, as the SMMT points out, diesel has some advantages that petrol simply can’t provide, especially from a commercial point of view.
If you live in the capital, for instance, a new breed of Euro 6 diesel engines could help drivers to avoid upcoming toxicity charges set to be introduced in the area. From 23 October, the new T-Charge being introduced in London will add an extra £10 on top of the existing Congestion Charge for diesel vehicles registered before 2006 that align with pre-Euro 4 emission standards.
When the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is introduced diesel cars and vans, that do not have Euro 6 engines, will be charged £12.50 per day for entering the congestion zone. This charge will apply 24 hours per day 365 days of the year and will be in addition to the current congestion charge.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan would like to bring forward the introduction of the ULEZ from September 2020 to April 2019, we are in a period of consultation until 25th June after which a decision will be made.