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Half of motorists support diesel bans

A survey of 2,000 drivers has found that more than half believe diesel vehicles should be banned from some UK roads, with nearly four in five supporting exclusion zones near schools and hospitals.

A survey of 2,000 drivers has found that more than half believe diesel vehicles should be banned from some UK roads, with nearly four in five supporting exclusion zones near schools and hospitals.

The survey was conducted by lawyers Slater and Gordon to measure how motorists see their vehicles following the dieselgate’ scandal which engulfed Volkswagen in 2015 and affected 1.2 million cars.

Slater and Gordon is representing more than 45,000 UK motorists in a group action against the German car maker.

Diesel bans

Two in five of those surveyed said they would never buy a diesel car again and seven in ten now believe that diesel fumes in their area are damaging their health. 

Around a quarter (23 per cent) would like to see restrictions in built-up areas and city centre, while nearly a third (29 per cent) back a total ban of diesels on UK roads. The vast majority (79 per cent) support exclusion zones around schools and hospitals.

More than half (54 per cent) also want the government to bring forward its 2040 deadline for a complete ban on the sale of diesel and petrol engines. 

‘Entire car industry impacted’

Gareth Pope, head of group litigation for Slater and Gordon, said: “For many motorists, getting an environmentally friendly and fuel efficient model was the number one factor for buying diesel.

“They wanted cars which were clean, green and efficient and are now starting to realise they were sold a lie and their cars don’t live up to the promise.

“This survey has shown that the VW emissions scandal, and revelations about what lengths the manufacturer went to cheat clean air tests, has had a hugely negative impact on the entire industry.”