Diesel scrappage scheme and toxin tax to be introduced to reduce harmful air pollution
Diesel car owners could soon be forced to pay a daily toxin tax whenever they enter towns or cities, which could add hundreds on to the running cost of a vehicle.
The Government were due to publish their proposal to tackle dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide in some of the UK’s most polluted cities on Monday 24th.
However, the proposal has been postponed until after the general election, with a draft plan expected on June 30 followed by the full policy in September.
It is estimated that 10 million diesel vehicles will now face the £20 daily toxin tax charges.
The toxin tax is expected to be rolled out across the worst affected cities and towns, including London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Derby and Southampton.
Proposals state that the tax, which is designed to combat the dangerous levels of air pollution across the UK, will be introduced in 2019.
Diesel drivers could also be affected by a scrappage scheme designed to incentivise motorists to trade-in their vehicles for up to £2,000 which can go towards a new cleaner car.
Last week, MP Neil Parish also suggested alternative means of transport such as bus tickets or bicycles could be offered as another incisive for drivers to switch.
Mr Parish suggested the scheme could mirror a previous scrappage scheme from 2009 by offering a £2,000 discount on a new vehicle – £1,000 from government and £1,000 from car manufacturers – with funding capped at £500 million or time-limited.
It’s important that sellers consider their options when selling their car
UK diesel drivers may feel hard done by – especially since the uptake of diesel cars was actively encouraged by under previous Governments.
The latest tax will provide fresh economic challenges for diesel drivers, with owners wanting to sell their car quickly and for the fairest possible price according to Tootle’s Operations Manager, Jordan Green.
He said: “We’ve seen a huge increase in used car listings since the start of the year, with diesel numbers accelerating following the tax news.
“It’s important that sellers consider their options when selling their car and are given the fairest possible price, especially in the current financial climate.”
To ensure sellers of diesel vehicles get the most money for their car, Tootle – the UK’s fairest used car selling website – have developed a series of tips for sellers to ensure they maximise their returns.
The nitrogen dioxide present in diesel exhaust emissions is harmful to humans
Tips and advice for diesel drivers in the UK
– Don’t panic and consider if you will be affected – The tax will not be enforced until 2019, so there is still plenty of time to consider your options if you’re an owner of a vehicle that will be affected.
– Take a look at all of the information and the participating cities when they are published.
– Think about how often you use your vehicle in urban areas before making a decision.
– Shop around for the best possible price – Diesel vehicle owners, particularly those of higher value or luxury vehicles, should explore all of their alternatives in terms of selling their vehicle rather than looking at the Government scrapping proposal.
– Unlike other car buying websites, we share listings with a network of dealers who compete to purchase the vehicle – giving sellers the highest possible price without compromise.
– PCP and financed vehicles – if you’ve purchased your vehicle through PCP or finance, selling or scraping your vehicle can be problematic because of outstanding balances that need to be cleared.
– Consider alternative fuel vehicles – This year, we’ve seen huge increases in alternative fuel and hybrid vehicle listings as drivers become more environmentally-conscious.
– There is a significant consumer demand for these type of vehicles and we expect to see volumes increasing, meaning buyers will be able to get a better deal for used hybrid vehicles.