DIESEL DEBATE 2
u Reader Rakesh Lakhani made some good points regarding diesels vs petrols in ‘False comparison’ (Your Letters, June 2017), the most important one being that the Government still has it wrong as regards the VED system. As Rakesh rightly states, this penalises petrol cars.
Not all of us can afford new motors – or indeed want one of the overcomplicated modern cars. Nevertheless, my wife and I recently switched her aged diesel runabout for a lovely little Rover 25 1.4 petrol. As a one-owner, low-mileage bargain in excellent condition and with only 25,000 miles on the clock, I snapped it up, only to discover that because it was a 2002-reg vehicle she would be paying £195 per year in road tax. That’s far more than her old diesel car cost and a lot higher than my own Rover 75 2.0 diesel. So much for trying to be eco-friendly!
The moral of the story is don’t be persuaded to ditch a perfectly good diesel just for the sake of it. I personally think the Government couldn’t care less about emissions, but just see the long-suffering motorist as easy meat to boost the Chancellor’s coffers. Karl Sheridan