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Is the UK government really going to ban all new Petrol and Diesel cars by 2040?

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The UK’s Environment secretary is set to reveal plans to ban the sale of Petrol and Diesel cars in the UK by 2040. 

Yes, you did read that right.

The environment secretary Michael Gove will reveal plans this coming Wednesday which will force all new cars from 2040 to be Hybrid / Electric. 

The shocking move is in response to the UK’s disastrous air quality issues around major cities and towns which could be responsible for up to 40,000 premature deaths per year. 

A government spoksman said “Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible. That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads.”

The banning of all petrol and diesel cars will be part of a series of proposals under the Government’s Air Quality Plan. The plan will also outline proposals to force councils to clean up the UK’s dirtiest roads and create huge investment in low emission public transports and charging infrastructure.

We’re also led to believe that a scrappage scheme will be rolled out to the help remove our most polluting diesel cars (Euro 4 and bellow).

We’ll know much more tomorrow when the plans are fully revealed to the public – we’ll keep you updated. Until then let us know what you think in the comments below.

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UK Volkswagen Emissions scandal Facebook group grows to over 5,000 members

We’ve been long standing supporters of the The Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) and have taken every opportunity to help the group and owners affected by issues resulting from the so called “fix”. 

With the increased media attention and tireless work of the admin team, the group has gone from strength to strength with excess of 5,000 members in total. (5,068 when published).

With such a large membership base it’s clear that this issue is not the rare occurrence that the VW Group would have you believe. The barrage of media attention from the likes of Watchdog and Radio 4’s You and yours is proof of that.

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BBC Watchdog’s coverage of VW emissions fix issues finally hits iPlayer, but why the delay?

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As many of you will know, BBC watchdog has finally covered the UK  VW emissions fix issue. Working with the The Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum facebook group they covered many aspects of the issues encountered by UK owners, but not without some issues.

The main issue has been the untimely delay in getting the episode up on the BBC iPlayer. Why the delay? Did the VW Challenge the content of the program, was there a legal challenge? We certainly believe so and were already busy making copy available to the public. Luckily for our legal team, that changed just moments ago.

The episode went live in the last few minutes. Click the link below to watch the full episode. We’re keen to hear your thoughts their coverage. Please do let us know in the comments below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08y7ntl/watchdog-series-38-episode-3

Apologies to our overseas readers, the above is only available in the UK to TV license holders.

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Best driving roads in Europe [Infographic]

Road trips are synonymous with the United States of America due to its sheer size and vast highways, but did you know that the first ever road trip by automobile took place in Germany?

Europe has some of the most stunning roads in the world, and for those who dream of being on the open road YourParkingSpace has put together some of the best routes for a European Road Trip, plus what you can see and do in these regions.

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Our updated VW Emissions Fix Survey results are in with over 1200 responses

With over 1200, the latest set of results of our VW Emissions fix survey has surpassed our expectations. These updated figures reveal the extent of this issues facing VG Group vehicles owners.

This latest set of results combine the feedback from over 1200 owners, more than double 542 results we covered in April 2017.

With the Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) protest happening tomorrow morning, these figures are even more important than ever.

Highlights

What really struck us from this survey is the sheer amount of money represented from an issue entirely caused by the actions of the VW Group UK. Remember that this “required updated” was optional and sanctioned by the DSA (Driver Standards Agency). Like most owners, the very fact that the DSA logo was present on the “recall” letters compounded the belief that the update was a legal requirement or would hamper MOT results in the future. At no point did VW make it clear that this was optional.

Taking into account the figures in the survey they represent a minimum of £132,000 (650 responses) in repairs for vehicles which were not broken before the fix. Just imagine that figure had 47.8% of owners not received a good will payment for the entire cost.

No wonder why over 73% would not buy another VAG vehicle (VW, Audi, Skoda or Seat)

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Show your support for the VW Emissions Group Protest at VW Group HQ

As many of you know, members of the The Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) will be showing up on the doorstep VW Group head quarters tomorrow morning. They’ll be protesting against the way in which VAG Group customers have been treated in the wake of the emissions recall.

The protest will consist of VAG group car owners directly affected by the recall, holding banners, drinking tea and exercising their right to exercise Article 11 (Google it 🙂

The tight-knit group will be highlighting the issues surrounding the recall in both the public eye and UK media. In attendance will be numerous news agencies including the BBC. 

How can you show your support?

The best way you can show your support is to come along to the peaceful protest and join your fellow owners. Some refreshments will be provided.

Where: VW Group Head Office. Yeomans Dr, Blakelands, Milton Keynes MK14 5AN (Google maps)
When: June 21st 2017 – 8:00am onwards
Contact: Contact the admin team on the Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum Facebook group (link)

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Our top 5 summer Hypermiling / fuel saving tips

With temperatures set to soar later this week we thought it would be a good time to revise our Top Summer Hypermiling / Fuel saving tips for 2017. 

The biggest factor to take into account during our “limited” summer months is heat. There is nothing worse than a hot car especially when you’re ferrying around a family of four who like nothing more than to complain and moan about even the smallest “problem”. A summers day of around 25 degrees could see your car getting up to 60c, making it very uncomfortable for us and also fatal for pets. 

Getting rid / managing this heat is what will ultimately cost you at the pumps.

With this in mind we’ve put together our top six summer hypermiling / fuel saving tips to help keep your fuel usage down and more importantly the little ones and pets happy.

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