Should diesel cars be banned in London?
The on-going debate about whether diesel cars should be banned in London is getting more heated, with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) speaking out in favour of the move.
In the last couple of months, a great number of cities around the world took a stance to tackle the serious issue of air pollution. Whilst some major cities made the decision to ban certain cars during certain hours, a few banned diesel cars completely.
London, is undeniably one of the biggest cities in the world, which some are saying is reason enough for the capital to set an example for other to follow.
Air pollution is an issue that has been around for a very long time; however, very few measures have been taken in order to tackle it here in the UK. Diesel cars, which produce high emissions levels are among the top culprits, so it’s not a surprise that they’re thing governments are most concerned about.
With electric vehicles gaining momentum in the recent years, and the surprising rise of Tesla, alternative powertrains are now available to we no longer need to use diesel as standard.
The truth remains however, that the majority of the vehicles on our roads are diesel-based; therefore, it would be hard to implement a complete ban in one of the largest cities in the world.
Following the claim by the mayor of London that he will reduce emissions by 60% before 2025, the issue of whether diesel cars should be banned became a topic of debates across the country.
Whilst some are convinced that simply banning diesel vehicles would be enough, others aren’t sold on the idea.
If London went ahead with the move, we would like see other cities in the country follow in the capital’s footsteps, which is what all those for banning diesel cars are hoping for.
The issue of air pollution definitely isn’t going away, so it will be interesting to see how what measures are taken to fix it, in the near future.
For now though, all we can do is wait, as no serious plans have yet been revealed to ban diesel vehicles from our capital.
What do you think the government should do? Is completely banning diesel cars a good idea? Let us know what you think, and come back soon for more articles from the world of cars and car finance.