Volkswagen to buy back diesel vehicles if Germany imposes ban

The German Guarantee will apply to the purchase of a new or a year-old car with a diesel engine from a Volkswagen dealership from 1st April throughout 2018

Rome to ban diesel cars from 2024

Rome plans to ban diesel cars from the city centre from 2024. Mayor Virginia Raggi made the announcement this week as part of the city’s efforts to tackle air pollution. She said: “Climate change is changing our lifestyle habits. Our cities risk being faced with unexpected challenges. “If we want to intervene seriously, we must […]

German court rules cities can ban diesel cars

A court in Germany has ruled cities will be allowed to ban older diesel vehicles to cut air pollution. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig made the landmark ruling for the cities of Stuttgart and Düsseldorf to ban more polluting vehicles. The government had opposed the ban, arguing it would cause disruption but environmental group […]

Budget 2017: Tax hike for diesel cars and new £220m Clean Air Fund

  The government is introducing a temporary levy on diesel cars in a bid to reduce air pollution. It is part of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget announcement, which follows the government’s draft air quality plan earlier this year. Under the new plans, from April 2018, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) for diesel cars that don’t meet […]

Islington Council to introduce diesel surcharge for parking

Islington Council is to introduce a borough-wide surcharge for diesel drivers who use short stay parking. The £2 per hour charge, which will come into effect in early 2018, follows the diesel surcharge already in place for resident parking permits. Westminster has already been trialling a similar diesel parking charge trial this year. Islington Council […]

UK roads to see 200k electric cars by end of 2018

  The electric vehicle (EV) market is expanding rapidly, with the UK’s roads estimated to have around 200,000 EVs by the end of 2018. That’s according to latest statistics from Chargemaster, which found EV registrations rose by nearly 50% last month compared to the same period in 2016. The UK saw a decline in diesel […]

Audi offers diesel emissions upgrade for 850k cars

Audi is offering a free software upgrade for 850,000 diesel cars to improve their emissions performance. The carmaker said the retrofit programme is for cars with six-cylinder and eight-cylinder diesel engines in Europe and other markets outside the US and Canada. The upgrade is expected to “further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond […]

France to ban diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040

France is to end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. The announcement was made by Energy Minister Nicolas Hulot as he presented the nation’s Climate Plan. It includes plans to offer tax incentives to replace diesel cars that are more than 20 years old and petrol vehicles manufactured before 2001. The government […]

Government criticised for ‘weak’ and ‘toothless’ air pollution plans

The government’s draft plans to tackle air pollution in the UK has been criticised as “weak”, “toothless” and “inadequate”. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) published the air quality plan today after it lost its High Court battle to delay it until after the general election. While the government has not committed […]

Is the government planning a diesel scrappage scheme?

The UK Government is reportedly planning to propose a scrappage scheme for older diesel cars. Motorists are expected to be offered cash to scrap or retrofit polluting diesel vehicles that emit high levels of nitrogen dioxide. It is part of the government’s plan to tackle air pollution in the country. The Department for Environment, Food […]