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Diesel Drivers Now Heavily Charged for Purchasing Eco-Friendly Vehicles

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A driver’s group, the Alliance of British Drivers, has warned that confusing branding, such as names like “Bluemotion,” could cause issues for motorists. They may end up with a surprise as cities crack down on older vehicles that pollute more.

Some drivers may be left stumped when they drive cars only three or four-years-old into cities such as London and are heavily charged. This charge is despite the fact that their car has “eco badging.”

Earlier this year, London mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the capital’s air was “lethal.” He said his newly expanded ultra-low emission zone would “help transform the air.” He did confess that “some motorists will need help switching to greener transportation options.” He called upon the government to introduce plans for diesel scrapping plans that would help with the transition.

As a plan to improve air quality in England’s capital, cars such as the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion, which was sold as a low-emission, low-consumption family hatchback, will soon be charged extra to enter the city. Under the new system, which starts next year, it will cost diesel drivers whose vehicles don’t meet the Euro VI emissions standard £12.50 ($15.72) per day to enter to Congestion Charge zone. This is in addition to the standard Congestion Charge. Older, gasoline drivers will also have to pay, although only if they don’t meet the standards set forth in 2005.

A similar plan has been proposed for the southwest city of Bath. Other cities have also suggested the idea.

The ABD says this will come as a surprise to those who thought their cars were environmentally friendly. Diesel was promoted by the government and many vehicles were given a “blue” or “eco” label. ABD states that while many bought these in good faith, they are about to be presented with a bill.

Spokesman Nigel Humphries said that many drivers were unaware that their vehicle was going to be affected.

“Many people think that as they don’t drive in London, or that they drive newish ‘eco’ cars, this won’t affect them. They are wrong. The UK government has given powers to local authorities to introduce emissions-based charges pretty much at their whim and with no justification. Councils all over the UK are looking to copy Sadiq Khan’s lead, with Manchester being well advanced in its plan.”

The Alliance of British Drivers spokesman Nigel Humphries

Humphries also said that the plans would affect used car values. He called on the government to not only reverse this decision but also ban the zones and other similar policies.

“Values of the many affected cars–and even some that are not currently affected–will fall due to fear of future charges long before they even happen. If the government wish to avoid ‘Yellow Vest’ style protests, they need to act now, by removing such powers from local authorities and ban all such schemes.”

The Alliance of British Drivers spokesman Nigel Humphries

ABD isn’t the only organization to express doubt. Edmund King, president of The Automobile Association, said, last year, that he was concerned about diesel drivers being punished for driving cars purchased for the right reasons.

“It would be grossly unfair to penalise those who bought diesels back in the early 2000s in good faith and with government encouragement. We need a balanced and fair approach to tackling air quality.”

The Automobile Association president Edmund King

You can keep your footprint green in and out of the car with items such as umbrellas made from recycled materials, reusable water bottles that cost less than a trip to the store, and grocery bags you can use over and over again.

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