New diesel cars ‘have a place’ on the UK roads

Published: 1 June 2018

There is a place for diesel vehicles on the UK’s roads, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark has said amid falling sales of cars powered by the fuel.

Diesel vehicles have largely been blamed for poor levels of air quality in towns and cities and have been ‘demonised’ in the national media in recent months prompting sales of new models to tumble.

However, speaking at the Financial Times’ ‘Future of the Car Summit’, Mr Clark, suggested that diesel cars would be recommended to a number of motorists in the forthcoming Department for Transport’s ‘Road To Zero’ report, according to consumer magazine Auto Express.

Mr Clark, according to Auto Express, said that “new-generation diesel engines can make big contribution to reducing our emissions”. He added that he “would expect the contribution of the higher standards of efficiency and emissions performance of diesel engines to continue to drive improvements in air quality and our greenhouse gas performance”.

Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK, said it was “extremely positive” what Mr Clark had said.

The NFDA has been working alongside its members to ensure that automotive retailers and consumers have accurate facts and information about emissions to enable them to make an informed choice when selecting the fuel type of their next car.

The NFDA has highlighted on different occasions that, depending on a driver’s habits, that modern Euro6 diesel cars still represented the most efficient choice.

Ms Robinson continued: “Following a number of meetings with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy where our concerns were raised, it is encouraging to see that the Secretary of State’s comments on diesel echo NFDA’s views.

“While the automotive industry as a whole is making huge efforts working alongside the government to meet the zero emissions target, it is crucial that motorists have a comprehensive package of incentives to ensure that they feel confident switching to low emission vehicles and that they are provided with further clarity on emissions.

“We will continue to engage with the Department for Transport and we look forward to the publication of the ‘Road To Zero’ report.”