Leeds motorists stalling over driving future

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Leeds motorists are stalling over their driving future.

There has been months of conflicting information around the death of diesel, electric revolutions, the race towards scrappage and a driverless future on the horizon.

But new research done as the car buying market continues to dip, reveals what drivers in the city are really planning to do next. Independent car-buying site carwow has provided insight into what is holding customers back.

A fifth admit that until guidelines on both petrol and diesel become clear, they’ll hold off on purchasing a new car.

A further one in five explain that they won’t look to buy another diesel due to the 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol vehicles for fear that they will lose out financially in the long term.

Meanwhile, 17 per cent explain that will no longer consider purchasing a diesel, down to the perception that all diesel is bad - even newer models manufactured according to EU6 regulations.

Karen Hilton, head of sales and operations at carwow, said: “There has been a lot of confusion for consumers about what action, if any, they should be taking with regards to their cars in reaction to new clean air policies.

“Now is the time for greater education and real clarity. Manufacturers have stepped up to the plate, not only producing lesser polluting diesel models but in launching scrappage schemes that allow drivers to part with older models; but conflicting announcements and exaggerated reports on the future of diesel over the past 12 months had already dented consumer confidence.

“It’s now time for central Government to clarify plans and the predicted impact of any new directives so that consumers feel confident in making a decision about their next car which won’t leave them out of pocket or feeling unfairly targeted, allowing them to pursue their desire for a greener approach to driving.”

Will it be all change by 2040 ban?

More than a third of motorists think they’re still likely to be driving a traditionally fuelled car by 2040.

That is the date the Government has set for banning new conventional diesel and petrol vehicles in the UK. Research by carwow into consumer confidence reveals 18 per cent believe their next car will be a hybrid, while 10 per cent are looking to take advantage of the scrappage scheme and nine per cent are seeking to purchase an electric car. But an almost equal amount, 34 per cent, believe that come 2040 they’re still likely to be behind the wheel of a traditionally fuelled car.

Muhammad Ali in Leeds

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