Diesel is not a dirty word says SMMT

Today the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will call on government and local councils to do more to support the adoption of modern diesel vehicles. It’s part of […]

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By Taryn Nixon

Today the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will call on government and local councils to do more to support the adoption of modern diesel vehicles.

It’s part of an effort to help lower emissions across Britain’s towns and cities.

UK manufacturers have invested billions of pounds in advanced diesel technology to meet the latest European emissions standard known as Euro-6.

The trade association said despite the benefits, less than three-quarters of commercial vehicles and just a fifth of buses registered in the UK last year had the filters fitted because of a “loophole” in the system that allows older vehicles to continue to run without them.

The new and improved vehicles have filters that capture 99% of harmful particles and help to “drastically” reduce emissions, said the trade association.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “The key now is uptake. It’s time to stop demonising diesel, and for all stakeholders to engage on this issue.

“Government and local councils must work together with industry and operators to encourage widespread adoption of the latest diesel technology that has the potential to make a dramatic improvement to air quality in the UK. We hope today’s debate will mark the start of that dialogue.”

The Commercial Vehicle Contribution event, hosted by SMMT in London, will show the latest low emission diesel technology and open up the debate on how the transport officials, industry, business and passenger groups can work together to encourage the new technology.