Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Northants UK
Vehicle: Was a 2013 SLK 250 CDi - Alas! Gone Forever
Other Toys: Vauxhall Cascada (the wife's really)
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I've had my CDi for just over a year. My choice of a diesel was a deliberate one - I expect to own this car for the forseeable future, even possibly into my (shock horror at even uttering the word) retirement. At the moment it is a daily driver, doing my commute to work and doubling up as a weekend fun-car when needed.
In the future, I expect that once I have retired (that damn word again), my mileage will go down and I will need a car which is relatively cheap to run, tax and insure - and the car meets all of these requirements very well (for the moment, until the government start changing things).
I'm old enough to have been around when a different government was extolling the virtues of diesel over petrol - and I am well aware that governments in the EU have consistently taxed diesel much much less than petrol. Taking France as an example, diesel prices are about 60% of the price of petrol, in some places even less. That was always the case, and it encouraged the population to go down the diesel route.
I am always wary when the government propaganda machine starts to vilify anything - the usual reason is because it allows the government to increase taxes on that item, and so it is now with diesel.
Pretty soon having a diesel car (of whatever vintage) will be a bit like being a smoker...something frowned upon by polite society and taxed heavily.
Now I am not, nor have I ever been, a smoker. But even I can see that some of the awful things attributed to smoking have been over egged - yes smoking is bad for you, and bad for those around you, which is the two main arguments put forward by government. They are less forthcoming about how much revenue is now being raised by taxing cigarettes and how, if everyone stopped smoking, the government would have to raise the revenue some other way, even though the savings to the NHS may be considerable.
I'm guessing that the current waive of anti-diesel sentiment will be cited as a reason to raise taxes on diesels - but once people stop buying them, that revenue will ave to be replaced somehow. It is, of course,
I saw a report recently saying the success of zero-tax and low-tax bandings on electric and low-emission vehicles is beginning to hurt the Exchequer, and that the DVLA is looking at other ways to maintain their revenue. Cue rises in diesel taxation, and many other taxes. Of course, the one thing that government never considers, and that is to Spend Less.
Personally, I think that hydrogen-cell cars are the way to go. sadly, the technology is not there yet. I believe that those with a vested interest in electric/hybrid cars will prevent any real advancement until they have recouped their research and development costs and made huge profits. Then we will see the propaganda machine turn against them and so the cycle goes on.