MP urges Government to scrap the diesel supplement in upcoming budget.
Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Chancellor Phillip Hammond to reform the way new diesel vehicles are taxed in next week’s budget to safeguard thousands of local jobs and protect the environment.
In 2017 the government announced a supplement to new diesel vehicles which were not certified to the Real Driving Emissions 2 standard. This effectively put additional taxes on to the price of a new car, even though these new high-tech models that are the cleanest in history, incorporating filters capturing 99% of all harmful soot particles, reducing emissions limits of nitrogen oxides by 84% since 2000.
These changes have caused new car sales to plummet, with significant job losses announced at Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall, Ford, Nissan, and most recently JLR have announced a fortnight’s stoppage at their Solihull plant this month. Furthermore, vehicle owners are incentivised to keep older, dirtier diesel vehicles on the road while CO2 vehicle emissions are rising for the first time in over a decade.
Austin has signed a cross-party letter urging the Chancellor to scrap the supplement and replace it with a banding system that reflects the performance of different vehicles in relation to carbon and other emissions.
Ian Austin said:
“Thousands of jobs in the Black Country depend on the motor industry, JLR is one of the biggest employers in the region and produce the cleanest diesel engines in world and they need help on the Government.
“The government should be encouraging people to buy cars that are better for the environment whilst also supporting the UK automotive industry so I want the Chancellor to scrap the diesel supplement.
“The government should be looking at this as a matter of urgency to protect the UK car industry and reduce the harmful CO2 emissions.”