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Majority of drivers refuse to pay more under ULEZ proposals

Date: 17/09/2014 12:51:17
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: Laura Varley

The majority of British drivers say they will not pay any more than they already do to run their car should proposals for Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ) become a reality, a poll by Motorpoint reveals.

Motorists with diesel cars face paying more in order to drive through UK cities and towns under the proposal. The creation of these ULEZs is partly a result of the European Union's plans to improve air quality in cities and towns by fining any that breach air pollution targets, reports rac.co.uk.

Diesel drivers could end up paying £10 more to drive through the zones, which is more expensive than the current congestion charge. However, 75.4 per cent of British drivers are against the proposal and would not pay any more to run their car, reports bt.com.

Motorpoint's Mark Carpenter said there needs to be another solution that does not involve simply charging diesel drivers more to use their car.

"The results clearly show the vast majority of motorists object to yet another tax being levied on them every time they get behind the wheel of their car," he stated. "Everyone agrees that more needs to be done to reduce air pollution levels but hitting diesel car owners, many of whom have bought those vehicles for their economical and environmental benefits, is not the answer."

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