Diesel cars will be prevented from driving on a large number of Britain's most polluted roads under new proposals by Michael Gove

Diesel cars

Diesel car owners are dealing with a high level of uncertainty as they await the Government’s decision to introduce higher taxes and surcharges to drive and park in certain areas, as part of plans to cut down on air pollution.

From October 23rd this year, London will launch the landmark £10 T-charge for the vast majority of vehicles, the toughest emission standard of any world city. More cities across the country may follow suit and set up Clean Air Zones from 2019. The aim is to get heavily polluting diesel vehicles off the streets to reduce dangerous levels of pollution found in UK towns and cities.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s staggering that we live in a city where the air is so toxic that many of our children are growing up with lung problems. If we don’t make drastic changes now we won’t be protecting the health of our families in the future.”

“The T-Charge is a vital step in tackling the dirtiest diesels before I introduce the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone as early as 2019. But now is the time for Government to show real leadership and join me by introducing a diesel scrappage fund and bring in the new Clean Air Act we desperately need.”

The Government has previously discussed plans to offer owners of old or diesel cars a £1,000 incentive for scrapping their vehicles but this will likely still leave most owners out of pocket. Sodexo is calling on employers to support employees who may be a risk of financial difficulty as they pay high surcharges and the value of their diesel cars steadily declines.

James Malia, director of employee benefits, Sodexo, comments:

“There is a real risk that employees could experience hefty financial problems if the rumoured schemes are introduced. Employers that act now to put measures in place to address this issue will ease any potential longer-term impact that these schemes may have.'

'Launching tax efficient Ultra-Low Emission (ULE) car schemes is one solution that will be popular with employees who are affected by these changes; our research found that 1 in 5 employees would like to see car financing options as part of their employee benefits package”