News of the diesel scrappage plans comes as it emerged just 78,778 diesel cars were sold in January, 4.3 per cent less than last year.Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary and a close ally of Prime Minister Theresa May, is believed to support the radical initiative.
He said: "The irony is that a decade ago, because of concerns about carbon emissions there was a drive towards diesel... that we now know has a different set of negative effects. (Losely translated this reads like "we screwed up !")
“The Department for the Environment is currently preparing, and will launch shortly, our strategy to take tackling the diesel problem to the next level.”
I am about to replace a diesel Merc, probably for a diesel BMW. I am sticking with diesel because these politicians just never seem to get anything right in the long-term. Having been in the family's HGV business before going to University I was well aware of the "dirty" nature of diesel and could never get my head around the drive for diesel cars. But given the economics 15 years ago, it was a no-brainer to buy diesel. My guess is, that in another 15 years we will all be getting incentives to scrap "Electric/Petrol/Biofuel" or whatever, in favour of "Nuclear/gas/water-Vapour"