A team of scientists, led by Kings College London, say particulate pollution from brake wear could be contributing to increased susceptibility to airway infections.
The decline in diesel new car sales continued in 2019, with 21.8% fewer diesels sold following a fall of almost 30% in 2018, according to the SMMT.
New figures show that the proportion of diesel cars on the FN50 fleet fell from almost two-thirds (63.4%) to half (50.5%) over the past 12 months.
Fleets have been urged to work together and consider cutting vehicle numbers to help the UK achieve ‘net zero’ emissions.
The leasing sector is set to grow over the next couple of years, but the jury is out on whether any of this growth will come from the company car market, says the BVRLA.
FleetCheck believes that 2020 could turn out to be a make or break year for diesel.
HMRC cuts AFR rates for diesel cars with an engine size of 1,600cc or less.
Fleet decision-makers are split over when the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans should be phased out, or whether it should happen at all.
Shoreham Vehicle Solutions expects the latest ultra-low emission diesels to spark increased interest in the fuel type again in the UK’s used vehicle market.
Although the average price of petrol and diesel on the UK’s forecourts fell slightly in August retailers failed give the entire discount in the wholesale price of unleaded to drivers, data from RAC has found.
Volkswagen has developed a new Adblue system which will cut diesel NOx emissions by “around 80%” compared to current engines.
Registrations of electric vehicles (EVs), including hybrids, totalled 96,600 units in July in Europe – as demand increased by 29% from July 2018.
Car traders are planning to buy less used diesel stock as demand for the fuel among consumers is declining.
Following the unveiling of the fully-electric Corsa-e, Vauxhall has revealed details of the conventional petrol and diesel models.
The Government says that company car drivers choosing a pure electric vehicle will pay no benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21.
By Rob Donaldson, car editor Glass's
Legislation is a “hard hitter” in determining residual values fleet decision-makers need to be sensitive to.
Diesel is still an essential fuel for fleets as cleaner alternatives so far fail to achieve the economy and range it offers.
Fleets should switch to hybrid vehicles rather than waiting for an adequate supply of fully-electric vehicles, in order to reduce real-world CO2 emissions.
Volkswagen has added a 1.6-litre diesel engine to the T-Cross line-up, taking the place as the most fuel efficient model.
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