Folks, us diesel drives are being lined up to take the hit. Lets start fighting back, write to your MP, campaign for a reasoned debate, reasonable solutions, recognise the problem is one largely made by the Government and that they need to come up with a workable solution that produces real improvements and doesn't simply pass the cost back to the motorist. Post on other motoring forums, write your MP make noise, fight back, don’t let the 'dirty diesel' message become embedded. Now don’t get me wrong there are issues with pollutants from diesels and we should be encouraging moves to newer and less polluting vehicles diesel and petrol and we should be looking to reduce emissions even more in the future. But let's face it the Government are trying to figure out a way to pass the bill to the diesel car driver whilst claiming to be compensating us but actually taking more money off us and decimate the value of our cars. Let's not forget why we're here: • Through the tax system the government encouraged us all to drive diesel cars. At the time the concern was climate change and Carbon Dioxide emissions were top of the agenda. • We all know that the official economy and emissions tests fail miserably to replicate the results achieved in real life and who set the test standards? The Government. We need a more balanced debate, recognition that diesel does for the medium term have a place: • Diesel engines are more efficient, in that they offer a better return from the natural resources consumed • Like for like emit less Carbon Dioxide then the equilivent petrol and CO2 is a leading cause of global warming. • New Euro 5/6 cars are (according to the official tests) way less polluting then older engines. A scrappage scheme that operates against purchase of new vehicles only isn't the answer to getting older cars off the road quickly. The people running the old cars are doing so because they can't afford to buy a new car. If the government gave me a full rebate on what I paid for my W211 I still can't afford a new W213. The big and quick returns are to be had by removing the older most polluting vehicles off the road as quickly as possible. To do this we need a generous scrappage scheme, one that operates against new and second hand vehicles. A scheme that took a Euro 1/2 car off the road permantely to be replaced with an existing Euro 4 or better vehicle would produce environmental returns. When we've got the Euro 1/2 cars out of the system, lets expand the scrappage to encourage Euro 3/4 owners to upgrade to Euro 5/6 cars. Noticed how the dirty diesel mob always pick on pollution levels around schools, playing the 'protect our children' card. So let's have a campaign to stop the 'school run' perhaps the school run contributes to that local pollution. Typically a short run, engine cold, just the conditions where engines pollute the most… Let's recognise that buying a car is a long term commitment, most of us can't afford to swap cars every year, we buy a car and effectively make a commitment to be with that car for 3 to 5 years. The government drive towards diesel tilted the market to diesel, the manufacturers expanded the diesel range to the point where in many cases the supply of second hand petrol cars just isn't there. I drive a 2009 E320 (W211) I ran a search on the MB web site for second user E class. They list 1146 cars. Only 33 of which are petrol and of those 19 were E63s and 8 E43s. Fantastic cars but hardly what most would consider as an average family run about! Not exactly a low carbon footprint either. So out of 1146 E class cars available nationwide on the MB web site just 0.5% could be considered sensible family cars. It will take a while for those 1113 diesel E class cars to work their way out of the system.