DIESEL DE­BATE 2

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Project Mercedes-benz E320 Cdi -

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

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