CAR owners are still nervous in the aftermath of the emissions scandal. Governments in the UK and around the world are ratcheting up the anti-diesel rhetoric and diesel car tax regimes are looking less favourably on cars drinking from the black fuel pump. Since April 2018, Brits first-year vehicle excise duty (VED, or car tax) has jumped one band for diesels.
As a result, motorists are facing rising tax costs and the spectre of lower residual values. But what should you do? Should you consider selling your diesel car now, before values collapse? Or is this all a storm in a teacup?
Nobody is expecting diesel to be banned outright, although some urban centres are likely to outlaw the dirtiest models. From April 2019, London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) started charging diesels that don’t meet Euro 6 regulations an extra £12.50 a day, for instance.
As a fuel, diesel’s been around for more a century and the good news is that modern diesel engines, those meeting Euro 6 emissions regulations are impressively clean, with sufficient exhaust after-treatment built-in. Technology such as AdBlue and diesel particulate filters (DPF) are designed to filter out the soot particulates and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions that have been linked to ill health.