Why dumping diesel could lead to trouble

24 January 2018

The proposal to send all diesel engined cars registered prior to 2007 to the scrap heap after or by 2020 may be ill-thought.

To just announce cars prior to 2007/2008 opens a minefield of questions. Does it mean diesel-engined cars registered before 2007 inclusive, which actually means cars registered before 2008?

Will this include camping cars or camper vans, diesel powered boats, leisure craft etc.

Will the cars be uninsurable? My present insurer said they were keeping quiet on the subject. Will it be posible to get contrôle technique?

Will the old cars be termed ‘collection’ after that date and, if so, would a change of carte grise make them reusable?

What if a car should be re-registered in UK then brought back to France? Does the ban include visitors?

Are we digging a hole for ourselves which is too deep to get out of again?

Is the only alternative electric powered cars with highly toxic non-reusable/non-recyclable batteries?

Once again, is it a case of commercial and financial greed rules? Before anyone mentions the environmental aspect, how many new nuclear reactors will we need to provide the extra electricity for new electric cars?

Will all the, now closed, B&Bs have to reopen because we cannot get from one end of France to the other without an overnight stay?

Robert Lund, Tarn

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