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Majority of Councils Using Diesel Vehicles

Posted in General News on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request the motoring magazine, Auto Express discovered that a total of 61,045 diesel vehicles are used by 320 local councils across the UK and 62 local authority fleets consist entirely of diesel powered vehicles. Bristol City Council for example, plans to introduce a ban on privately owned diesel vehicles in 2021, yet 369 of the council’s 453 vehicles are fuelled by diesel. Diesel vans also make up a large proportion of the fleets used by local authorities in London despite the fact that they are enforcing an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). Auto express discovered that 89% of the vehicles used by London Councils are powered by diesel. Councils in Northern Ireland were found to be the most reliant on diesel vehicles as they account for 98.6% of the vehicles used. Local authorities in Scotland are the ones that are least reliant on diesel vehicles on the whole, but they still account for 90.3% of all the vehicles in their fleets. Despite the negative implications of these statistics, local authorities do use more electric vehicles (EVs) than the general public. EVs make up 2.75% of local authority fleets whereas they only account for 0.25% of the vehicles registered to the general public.

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John Davies

Thursday, January, 2nd, 2020

If you have ever seen double standards and down right ignorance this is it. Councils putting bans on vehicles entering the cities and yet they are oprating diesel vehicles in the same vicinity. The councils should impose the ban on its own vehicles before imposing such bans. This should be looked at by the government with a view to penalising such councils When will justice be served


Thursday, January, 2nd, 2020


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Donald Fisher

Thursday, January, 2nd, 2020

Typical councils,do as I say, not as I do. They are so hypocritical.

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Joseph Perera

Thursday, January, 2nd, 2020

Well there you go one law one law for another don't do as I do do as I force you to do

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Charles Mills

Friday, January, 3rd, 2020

This is typical of the poor planning of councils. Add to this fleets of older taxis, busses and trains especially in the north of the country which cause more pollution than private vehicles. Also this also requires revisions in traffic management to avoid stationary traffic queues that pump out pollution that does not dissipate as swiftly as when traffic is flowing. The average ring road at peak times has poor flow management.

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Hazel Rutter

Friday, January, 3rd, 2020

I have a motorhome that's fully adapted for me including a side lift. The vehicle was sold to me by Brook Miller Halifax new April 2017. It is run by diesel. I chose diesel since all farm tractors etc use & milage is far more than petrol. Who can help us either get our vehicles changed into petrol or would need full list every time a county bands vehicles with diesel Looks like I have to start looking for a new adapted vehicle just because if sudden bans.