BUDGET 2017: DEATH OF DIESEL CARS?
Chancellor Phillip Hammond will announce his Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22nd November. Motoring editor Amanda Stretton discusses how drivers could be affected.
She says: “It’s predicted that the budget will sting drivers with diesel cars as the Chancellor is no doubt feeling pressure to support the Clean Air Strategy revealed in July.
“There has been speculation that the Chancellor will increase fuel duty. According to our fuel price index, drivers are currently paying an average of 122.4p per litre for diesel, a figure that has risen 3.65p year on year. The research also shows that almost one in three drivers (32%) are most concerned about the cost of petrol, more so than any other motoring cost, including car insurance and maintenance costs. Drivers should always keep an eye on the cost of fuel in their area and can find the cheapest place to fill up using our petrol prices tool.
“This isn’t the only setback diesel drivers should expect - raising road taxes and taxes on the purchase of new diesel vehicles are also on the cards. UK diesel car sales fell by nearly a third last month and only 12% of drivers would consider buying a new diesel car. So if extra taxes are implemented, we will well and truly see the death of diesel cars.
“It’s likely that all of these potential budget announcements will spark outrage amongst many motorists who are fed up of bearing the brunt of rising costs. We should consider more positive measures to encourage the adoption of greener vehicles like offering competitive tax discounts and diesel scrappage schemes.”
Motoring editor Amanda Stretton is available for interview, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7637 0656