CarTakeBack provides ATF Professional with their data regarding the influx of diesel vehicles being brought to them to be scrapped and how it is likely that we will see a lot more diesel vehicles entering our yards as alternatively fuelled vehicles are taking over their place on the roads.
Diesel sales are declining
You’ve likely heard the news that diesel sales are falling in the UK. Following 21 consecutive months of decline, car manufacturers are now selling 38% fewer diesel models than they were at their peak.
As of the start of 2019, diesel cars accounted for less than a third of the UK car market. Unsurprisingly on the other hand, sales of petrol vehicles in the UK have increased by 8%, and the sales of electric vehicles are on the up, though plug-in hybrid sales have stalled somewhat since the Government withdrew the plug-in hybrid grant.
More old diesels are being scrapped
The recent trend against diesel motors is not just restricted to new and imported car sales. CarTakeBack can reveal that last year their network of ATFs scrapped more diesels than ever before when compared with petrol cars.
In 2018, almost a third (30%) of all vehicles scrapped by customers with CarTakeBack were diesel. That’s over double the level that they were at just four years prior, when diesels made up just 14% of the vehicles that were recycled by the network.
Bad press for diesels
Diesel vehicles have been in the news regularly over recent months, though never usually in a positive light, particularly older ones which are often targeted as causing more damage to the environment than other fuel types.
By 2030, the UK government has pledged that half of all new car sales will be electric or hybrid in a plan to reduce vehicle emissions. 2030 is still a relatively long way off but we’re already seeing a shift away from diesels and that is likely to keep growing.
Diesels are being targeted further under new Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ) across the country too, seeing certain vehicles being banned from entering city centres, or facing high charges if they do.
The ULEZ in London came into effect earlier this year in April 2019, the zone sees owners of cars registered before 2005 hit with an additional £12.50 fee on top of the existing £11.50 congestion charge. This applies to both petrol and diesel cars. Unlike petrol cars, though, diesels will have to meet Euro 6 emissions standards too if they are to avoid the additional charge. This effectively means any owners of diesels registered before 2015 will have to pay the charge.
Diesel scrappage schemes
The government recently abandoned the notion of a national diesel scrappage scheme, which had been a popular proposal, not least with councils and environmentalists. The proposed scheme was intended to assist owners of older, less efficient diesels, by offering compensation to those who trade in their polluting vehicles for recycling. The government decided against this, due to fears it would be too difficult to deliver.
Other independent schemes do exist though, Transport for London launched a van scrappage scheme this year, which is supported by CarTakeBack, as have some vehicle manufacturers such as Mazda and Ford, again with CarTakeBack’s help.
The future of diesels
Due to high tax, emissions charges and scrappage schemes, it seems we’re likely to continue seeing an increase in diesels being scrapped.
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