There are around 10 million diesel car owners in Britain today but the current Shadow Environment Minister, Barry Gardiner, has admitted that perhaps the last Labour Government was wrong to encourage the uptake of diesel cars over petrol models.
A new report in the Independent has more on the story:
“Last year more than half of all new cars sold were diesel. But while they may have lower CO2 emissions than their petrol counterparts, diesel cars emit a higher amount of deadly pollutants – including nitrogen dioxide and sooty particulate matter – which have contributed to dangerous levels of air pollution resulting in the deaths of 29,000 people a year.
Compared to petrol cars, diesels produce 22 times the amount of particulate matter – a cause of cancer linked with the premature deaths of thousands of Britons each year. And they emit up to four times more nitrogen oxides – including nitrogen dioxide, which damages lungs and blood vessels and can cause heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Minister for the Environment, said: “Hands up, can I say there’s absolutely no question that the decision we took was the wrong decision, but and it is a big but, at that time we didn’t have the evidence that subsequently we did have and we had cleaner diesel engines, which we thought meant that any potential problem was a lower grade problem than the problem we were trying to solve of CO2.”
If you are looking to buy a new or used car perhaps joining the increasing numbers of UK drivers choosing Hybrids cars is the right way to go.