“With diesel cars’ emissions accounting for only 11% of London’s nitrogen dioxide (NOx) and approximately 18% of roadside NOx emissions across the UK*, it is paramount that the Government adopts a wider approach which does not focus solely on diesel to quickly and efficiently tackle air quality issues”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) commenting on the Government’s consultation on UK’s air quality.

The Government is consulting on a range of measures to improve air quality in the UK. Some of the options are designed to reduce the impact of diesel vehicles and accelerate the move to cleaner transport. The NFDA has responded to the consultation.

Robinson continued, “The automotive industry is working consistently to reduce nitrogen dioxide emitted from cars and we must continue to work hard to ensure that the public understands that modern Euro 6 diesels are cleaner and emit much lower NOx emissions than older diesel models.

“To further support local communities in cutting air pollution, investment in electric vehicles infrastructure is paramount. The recent NFDA research carried out by YouGov highlighted that the biggest barrier preventing motorists from purchasing an electric vehicle surrounded charging, before, during and at the end of a journey**. It is also essential that electric vehicle grants are significantly extended past 2018***.

“While we continue to work with the Government to encourage the uptake of low emission vehicles, we also urge them to take our evidence into account and investigate all causes of air pollution.”



  • *On page 7 of the consultation document, the Government has provided a pie chart diagram of the contributing factors of roadside nitrogen dioxides. From the diagram, it can be estimated that diesel cars account for 33% of roadside increment. This equates to 18% of whole roadside NOx emissions.
  • **A press release on the results of the poll conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the NFDA was published on 26/04/2017 and is available from the press office.
  • ***The Government grant for electric cars, vans and motorcycles is in place until March 2018 and will be reviewed in October 2017

Gabriele Severini, NFDA Communications Officer
Tel: 020 7307 3423
Mob: 07880 039897
Press Office direct line: 020 7307 3422
Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406

Web: www.rmif.co.uk Email: gabriele.severini@rmif.co.uk

The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.