It's been one of the emerging topics in the motor industry for years, but it seems British motorists are still divided about the significance of greener vehicles.
A poll from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found 48 per cent wouldn't consider a more eco-friendly vehicle even if vehicle excise duty (VED) tax breaks were increased for owning one.
Despite this, half of those surveyed agreed it was fair to base VED on carbon emissions, even though 22 per cent argued driving has no effect on global warming.
And to further confuse things, 46 per cent of respondents were in favour of Low Emission Zones (LEZs) being introduced for private vehicles as well as heavy diesel vehicles – 41 per cent disagreed.
All in all it seems British motorists are conflicted over the reality of carbon emissions and the efficacy of measures to combat them.
“Motorists aren’t fully convinced of how low CO2 emissions are beneficial to them, or society,” said Simon Best, chief executive of the IAM.
The IAM recommends a number of eco-driving tips to improve fuel efficiency, including regular vehicle checks to cover the condition of tyres and tyre pressures when they are cold.
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