Today, all eyes were on Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as he announced the UK’s Autumn Statement and Budget.
Diesel was heavily discussed in the 2017 Budget, as was the rise of air pollution in the UK, resulting in a change in VED for new diesel cars. Regarded by many to be a U-turn in government ruling and investment; all cars that have not undergone the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test will go up a VED band, which could cost motorists up to £500. With RDE not set to be made mandatory until September 2019, the majority of new diesels on sale today will be subject to the tax rise. However, not all new diesel engines are emitting more nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the real world, with 20 diesels currently ‘A’ or ‘A+’ rated on Emissions Analytics’ EQUA Aq Index.