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What you need to know about Diesel

and Government plans for the future


​In a Government initiative to try and tackle pollution, Diesel drivers may be eligible to a £2,000 subsidy towards a new, cleaner car. The news of a diesel scrappage scheme comes a part of a new strategy to improve air quality after UK proposals were not adequate enough for Europe, described as “Woefully Inadequate”. The scrappage scheme will only come into effect for older diesel vehicles, which do not meet certain emission standards and carry the latest filter technology.

With discussions in parliament, here at Birchwood we thought it would be a good opportunity to give you an insight into what you need to know about Diesel, and what benefits the scrappage scheme would bring: 


  1. Firstly, why do drivers choose Diesel? Buyers are enticed by the low fuel consumption and the further mileage which is covered on a single tank that Diesel cars provide, benefitting them directly with lower fuel bills.
  2. The low cost benefits contributed to 1.3 million new diesel cars were registered in the UK in 2016, which is a record high with a 0.6% increase on 2015. The trend is set to continue into 2017, with almost a quarter of a million vehicles leaving showrooms.
  3. Diesel cars emit 20% less CO2 emissions than their petrol equivalents.
  4. Only 1% of commercial vehicles on UK roads are petrol with our emergency services, Lorries and transport relying on diesel to get from A to B.
  5. Using the latest filter technology, diesel cars since 2011 have far less particulate emissions with 99% of all diesel particulates captured before being emitted into the atmosphere.
  6. With the help of these special filters, New Euro 6 engines also come with clever technology which converts the majority of NOx from the engine into Nitrogen and water, both of which are harmless to the population.
  7. It’s proven that this technology works. If every bus in London was to run on a Euro 6 engine, NOx emissions would plummet by 7.5%.
  8. Euro 6 engines meet the standards of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone, meaning drivers can enter the zone at no charge.


This September, a new official EU-wide emissions testing system will come into force. This will involve on-road testing and include varied conditions of ‘real-world’ driving, taking into consideration of speed, congestion, road conditions and driving style. This is a first for emissions testing and is set to be the world’s toughest-ever emissions standard.​ 

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