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Motoring Diesel Excise

Motoring Diesel Excise Duty Increases Diesel Vs Petrol cars In the November 2017 budget, the Chancellor announced an increase to diesel car drivers’ vehicle excise duty, to take effect from April this year. The aim is to reduce the dangerous levels of air pollution in the UK by encouraging motorists to choose lower emission models and reduce use. It is believed this will be achieved by increasing the rate for older and more polluting diesel cars. The increased taxes will fund the Government’s £220 million Air Quality Plan. The exhaust gases are calculated using a standard European test (Euro 6) showing the average amount of CO2 produced for every kilometre a car is driven. The age of the car is also taken into consideration. Newer models that meet current emissions standards will, however, be exempt from the higher charge. The new rules apply to cars and not vans or commercial vehicles. To read more go to With changes to vehicle excise duty, environmental issues and health concerns is petrol now better than diesel? • Diesel cars tend be more expensive to buy than petrol ones. • Diesel offers better fuel economy for longer journeys while petrol cars are better for shorter ones and nonmotorway driving. • Diesels used to keep better value, modern technologies are changing this. • Diesels are good on CO2 emissions but produce nasties for your respiratory system like nitrous oxide and hydrocarbons. Petrol is worse for environmental damage. • Diesels have been considered cheaper to insure. • There is no longer a big difference in the price of vehicle excise duty on new cars. The 2017 UK Air Quality plan aims to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in 2040. Alternatives options are electric or hybrid better still your bicycle! EVs bring benefits to the people of MK Last year Skyline Taxis, a taxi firm with bases in Milton Keynes and Northampton, expanded by investing in a fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). The vehicles, which include one Nissan Leaf and three Tesla cars, are now a familiar sight in Milton Keynes and already bringing benefits to the town. To find out more about booking an electric Skyline taxi, call 01908 222111 or visit Gav Sokhi, MD of Skyline Taxis, said: “Not only do Milton Keynes and the surrounding villages benefit from an environmental point of view with less carbon dioxide being pumped out into the air, we are getting a reputation for being at the forefront of EV technology. Drivers are also getting more range from their cars which boosts earnings that go back into the local economy. Customers are also enjoying the experience.” 46 Please mention Essentially Local when responding to advertisers

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