In light of current concerns for environmentalism, world leaders are grappling with how to reduce pollution following the recently altered European law and increased pressure from campaigners who claim that diesel fuel emissions are placing the population at a major health risk. Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo pledges to “put an end to diesel vehicles in Paris by 2020”, and this precedent has been mirrored by Boris Johnson in London with the increase in congestion charge for diesel cars to £20.
The fumes emitted by all diesel vehicles include tiny particles of nitrogen oxide which are harmful to health, proving to be a severe risk factor for people with breathing problems, alongside contributing to the smoggy atmosphere in large cities. According to the European Environmental Agency, air pollution is the top environmental risk factor for premature death in the UK, ensuring that the opinion on diesel as a fuel has taken a drastic U-turn in recent months. Wendy Mead, City of London Councillor and chair of the Corporation’s Environment Committee, voiced her support of the reversal in ideology, asserting that ‘it (diesel) was sold as an environmental solution, but it is in fact an invisible killer.’
The proposed ban in Paris aims to improve the quality of air in the city; in Paris people live on average 6 or 7 months less than people in other cities that aren’t exposed to the same levels of pollution. This pressure has inevitably disseminated to London, where Boris Johnson announced in December that he will be placing a budget of £330bn on the issue to ensure London is equipped with 2,400 hybrid buses, zero-emissions taxis and 10,000 street trees. This announcement came just weeks after he was forced to accept that Oxford street had some of the highest levels of nitrogen oxide in the world.
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So whilst diesel has seemingly become a dirty word, here at Wembley Motors we will continue to provide high quality Wembley MOT & Service deals for both diesel and petrol engines alike. Will the change in fuel ideology make a huge difference to the people of London who drive diesel vehicles? Johnson’s idea proposes 2020 as a realistic target, bearing in mind that people who currently use diesel fuel will generally need a replacement vehicle by 2020. In the meantime, contact us here at Wembley Motors on 020 8998 5970 for any queries regarding diesel fuel vehicles, and for the best MOT & Service Wembley has to offer.