I’m aware that R.I.D is a purpose-made car website, and you and me are very aware of that. But it’s time that we got serious about what owning an everyday car will or has become.
As you may have seen on the news, London’s mayor; Sadiq Khan has introduced an ultra low emission zone, in which he calls central London.
Owners of diesel and older vehicles are now having to pay £24 (twice as much as normal) to drive into the heart of the big city, and other capital cities around the world are highly likely to act in a similar fashion.
So what does this mean for the average motorist? Why has the government imposed this? And what can you do about it?
The Cause Itself
According to Sky News, over 9400 deaths in London alone are linked to air pollution every year. Scary isn’t it?
And naturally, you’d expect a huge number like that to be looked into by the government. But…sort of..
You see- the UK as a country, produced 3 times the amount of nitrogen dioxide gases, of what their limit actually was. And the EU took this so seriously, that they gave the UK a final warning before they’d be considered to the European court of justice.
Anyways, with the political nonsense out of the way, it’s mainly diesel vehicles that are being blamed for this issue.
And that’s a problem for the people- because most of the cars we see on the road are powered by the black stuff! So are the owners being betrayed, after the media said that diesel was a good thing!?? Comment what you think below-
So Is Public Transport Being Encouraged?
In a way, yes. Air pollution campaigners who hug polar bears and crave shredded wheat, are encouraging people to get out of their cars in big cities and use other methods of transport instead.
And if you thought it was car drivers getting the blame, you’d be wrong. Lorry drivers and buses are now paying up £100 to drive in the centre of London, and that’s additional to their regular congestion payments…
But then again, NOTHING is being mentioned about taxis! And guess what kind of fuel those ugly and horrid things run on? Yep, it’s the black stuff.
I’m genuinely stunned that taxis haven’t been mentioned in this, the rickety and rough diesel engines release enough gases to make pigeons fall from the top of the Canary Wharf!
Overall, yes. Public transport is being highly suggested, and due to the massively expensive parking charges in the big city, it’s probably a sensible idea anyway.
How Long Will It Take For Other Cities To Copy This?
I suspect, not that long. Whilst the UK is starting it’s Brexit negotiations, we’re technically still in the EU, which means that other nations will start taking a hard line to banish car drivers.
Take Paris for example, they’ve already banned cars that are over 20 years old from entering the city, in a bid to cut air pollution. Which is sad news for the odd enthusiast in a Ferrari 275 GTS or a 2CV.
But the breaching nitrogen gas levels has already affected other UK cities, such as Glasgow, Birmingham and even my home town: Nottingham.
So we have to move onto the business of what WE, as car owners, should be doing!
What To Do About It
As a result, many diesel car owners are naturally complaining or contemplating about selling their cars. But is that necessarily the right thing to do?
Because if you tried selling your diesel within the next few months, then you’d be lucky to sell it for as much as a bag of sugar.
Top end diesels that commute into London (S-Classes, A8s etc.) are predicted to drop in value as quickly and as shockingly, as a nuclear bomb.
And if you sold your car, because you’d get so little money for it. You’re not likely to have as much for a petrol powered alternative, because Mr Khan is also imposing the charge on cars registered before 2006.
It’s a harsh world we live in, but here’s my suggestion- don’t sell your car, until the media stops blaming them! That way, you’ll get a good price for it!
New daily driver? Get a petrol made after 2006, nobody said anything about a F10 BMW M5’s emissions… but hey, it’ll still be cheaper to drive around London than the diesel 530D!
Oh by the way, I just want to mention that Mr Khan is imposing a hard line against emissions, whilst he’s being chauffeured in a V8 powered Jaguar XJ… oh the irony… And Mrs May get’s a V12 7 Series!
So what do you think about this diesel car charge? Let us know in the comments below!