Majority of UK motorists back Government to cut pollution and reduce dirty vehicles

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As the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders*1 (SMMT) confirm declining sales of new diesel vehicles, research*2 from roadside assistance provider, Allianz Global Assistance UK, shows just how agreeable consumers are to help cut pollution on UK roads.

Throughout this year, vehicle manufacturers have announced plans to introduce scrappage schemes to cut out diesel and old petrol models*3. Nearly half of the UK drivers surveyed by Allianz said they would be willing to take part in such a scheme, but only if there was a suitable financial incentive – 42% of women were happy to take part if financially incentivised compared to 56% of males. There are currently 17 car manufacturers extending scrappage schemes to British motorists, with incentives up to £8,000 on offer*4.

Over half of the respondents also want to see the proposed Government pollution charging scheme implemented, which would mean paying fees to drive in Clean Air Zones in order to cut out the use of ‘dirty’ vehicles. 17% of those surveyed were not aware that such a scheme has been put forward. Vehicles meeting a minimum emissions standard will gain free entry into a Clean Air Zone, including fully electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Diesel cars with Euro 6 standards and petrol cars with Euro 4 standards could also be exempt.

As from 23rd October 2017, owners of diesel and petrol vehicles manufactured before 2005 that do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards for nitrogen oxide (NO2) and particulates will be required to pay an extra ‘T-Charge‘ £10 fee to enter central London; it is believed this could affect around 10,000 vehicles per day.

Over half also agree that speed bumps should be removed from UK roads in order to cut pollution, whereas the remaining 46% believe this will jeopardise road safety.

Kate Walker, Head of Strategic Market Management for Allianz Worldwide Partners in the UK said;

“We are seeing a huge shift in people’s attitudes towards the impact emissions are having on the environment and the health of the British public, as a whole.

“Individuals are actively supporting cleaner driving, but recognise that there are personal financial implications and are wary that shifting to cleaner driving could leave them out of pocket. It will be extremely interesting to see how certain clean air and scrappage schemes develop in the coming months, but one thing is for certain, everybody, including government, the motor industry and UK car owners, have a role to play in reducing global emissions.”



*1 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/05/uk-car-sales-fall-consumer-confidence-diesel-smmt

*2 Survey of 200 UK motorists conducted by Gorkana Surveys on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance 2017

*3 BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41005208

*4 http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/853600/Scrappage-Scheme-2017-checker-UK-Ford-Mercedes-BMW-VW-Skoda-Toyota-Honda

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