There were 111,000 fewer diesel cars in the UK in 2019 than the year before as people switched from polluting vehicles to greener ones
The UK has reached a motoring milestone, passing ‘peak diesel’ as the number of diesel cars on the roads fell for the first time in at least 25 years.
There were 111,000 fewer diesel cars in the UK in 2019 than the year before as people switched from polluting vehicles to greener, electric ones, according to government figures.
Although sales of diesel vehicles have been falling for a while this is the first time that the total number on the roads has declined, according to data from the Department for Transport.
“These figures hint at a motoring milestone – the possibility that we have hit or even passed ‘peak diesel’,” said Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation.
Collapse in diesel sales
“This was due to the collapse in sales of new diesel cars together with the scrapping of older diesels, which have either come to the end of their useful lives or whose owners fear increasing restrictions on their use because of air quality concerns,” he said.
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