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Two-thirds of diesel drivers 'happy' to consider scrappage deal

Two-thirds of diesel drivers would be happy to consider a scrappage deal, a new survey by FairFuelUK has found.

The online survey of 12,303 motorists, truckers and van drivers, found that 67% would be happy to consider a deal if funded by the Government, while 65% would be happy if funded by manufacturers.

Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign, said: “The perpetual attack on diesel drivers is taking its toll on hard working families and small businesses.

"Their assets are being devalued all because of previous decisions made by past Governments.

"Much of the recent negative coverage is unfounded with most so called experts loathed to examine better alternatives in lowering emissions.

"Instead they seek emotive tax hikes that won’t lower pollution but just add to the coffers of ill-informed cash grabbing politicos and local authorities.”

Other findings were:

  • Those diesel drivers with vehicles over the age of 10 years who are also happy to consider a scrappage deal if funded by the Government or manufacturers, dropped slightly to 59% and 58% respectively.
  • The most popular call on Government to solve emissions is to address congestion and invest significantly in roads across the UK.
  • Nine out of 10 drivers support investing in better roads with only 10% supporting HS2
  • 94% of diesel drivers regard their vehicle to be essential
  • 88% of petrol drivers regard their vehicle to be essential
  • Diesel vehicles over 10 years old, 92% of these drivers say their vehicle is essential
  • 83% of diesel drivers in survey (8159) intend to keep their diesels no matter what (this questions whether tax hikes, toxic taxes will lower emissions)
  • 75% of non-diesel drivers in survey (4144) will not now buy a new diesel because of bad press but 25% saying they may still do so 
  • 65% of respondents want to see more electric vehicle charging points
  • Six out of 10 want to see graduated new vehicle purchase tax based on emissions
  • Half of respondents want VED tax to be more fairly based on emissions
  • 89% of all drivers want to see a continual freeze or cut in fuel duty

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  • Petrol Paul - 07/03/2017 15:37

    As 'fleet' we need to be carefull about talking about Diesels generically. There is absolutely no point scrapping a newer Euro 5 or Euro 6 Diesel with stop start technology and comparitively low nox emmissions. All diesels are not the same. What we do need to focus on with scrappage is getting older, less effecient and more polluting diesels (not just cars but vans, trucks and buses) off our roads and replacing them with clean technology.

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