The Toxin Tax: Is this the end of the road for diesel?

The UK government has recently published plans to reduce dangerous levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollution in the UK’s air.

Clean air zones are set to be introduced in the UK’s major cities, which will include daily charges for the most polluting vehicles. Cars running on diesel fuel, which produces 4 times more NO2 than petrol, are likely to bear the brunt of the so called “toxin tax”.

The charges are expected to be around £12.50 per day. When combined with the existing congestion charge, the daily cost of driving a diesel car into central London could be £24.

Nitrogen Dioxide is known to cause or exacerbate respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. Particles from diesel fuel have also been linked to heart attacks and strokes.

A scrappage scheme to assist owners of older diesel cars is expected to be announced later this year.

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The Toxin Tax: Is this the end of the road for diesel?

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