What Will Happen to the Diesel Driver in the World of the Electric Car? 0

The debate over which is more economical and what is better for the environment between petrol or diesel seems to be over as hybrids and electric cars have now taken the lead between the two. But, what is going to happen to those who are still and will, for the foreseeable future, drive diesel vehicles?

Well, Policy Exchange, an independent think tank, has argued that there needs to be a higher tax set for those who drive diesel cars. It really is as simple as that.

What-Will-Happen-to-the-Diesel-Driver-in-the-World-of-the-Electric-CarPolicy Exchange has argued that the air quality and NO2 intake that Londoners and many other large cities face are both ‘unhealthy’ and ‘illegal’. It seems as if the amount of pollution that is now in our air is bad and only getting worse. There needs to be a drastic step in a positive direction for any sort of healthy change to occur.

After recommending ten policies, the tax increase seems to be the most liable option which the government may take into account. So if Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is raised, what would be the outcome? Well, the think tank has argued that an £800 increase in VED would be enough. Through this increase, the government would have an extra £500 million to support scrap schemes and to start attempting to undo the air pollution damage. The scrap scheme may offer drivers up to £2000 as a reward for scraping their diesel cars in favour of hybrid or electric vehicles. The reason behind this is a to largely influence buyer behaviour as the tax would only affect those who are buying new diesel cars rather than those who already have one. This switch would then lead to ‘drastic improvements’ in air quality.

The current position undertaken by the government focuses upon the lifting of a diesel surcharge from 2021 but, there is plenty of rationale to keep it.

So, with the possibility of an accelerated programme to rid the U.K. of diesel cars, do you think that the government would benefit by following the advice of Policy Exchange or could there be a more efficient programme available?