The government should give diesel a `fighting chance’ against petrol, the Society of Motor Manufacturers said this week.
Chief executive Christopher Macgowan said it was wrong to see diesel as a poor relation to petrol, and claimed the tax policies of successive governments had undermined public perceptions of the fuel. UK sales of diesel-engined cars have plummeted, and from 2001 they will incur an extra £10 excise duty, while company diesel car drivers will have to pay a tax premium. At the same time, some experts claim the health risks associated with diesel are not as clear cut as once thought.
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