Volkswagen stormed a massive debate last month on diesel cars, raising concerns that their emissions might be much higher than we thought.
Despite having being praised for year as more environmental friendly than petrol, the Volkswagen scandal just brought to light that the emissions of diesel cars could be much higher than expected. Some governments, including France and the UK, are considering banning diesel cars in big cities in a close future. Cardiff might be affected by this ban in few years, so we went down the street to see how people feel about the possible ban of diesel cars.
Is it time to ban diesel cars?
Student and lecturer in cyber-security
“Governments should focus on the big picture like the big industries which are the main polluters instead of focusing on car drivers. It would be surprising that the government actually ban diesel cars because most companies use them as fleet cars.”
Retired university lecturer
“All these cars are ridiculous! As far as I’m concerned a car is a car no matter if it’s diesel or not. One way to really improve the situation would be to make the bus free for everybody. “
“People might be upset and angry about a possible diesel ban but they are aware it needs to change so they might be positive about it. At the end we all have to look out for our planet. “
“Regulation should exist in the cities for the use of Range-rover and Jeep which are responsible for a hell of a lot of emissions. They are made to climb mountains not to drop off kids at school. “
“In France, the government did everything to develop diesel cars and now they are talking about banning them! Instead of banning them they should focus on developing renewable energies. Ethanol made of beetroots or wheat could be a good alternative.”