THE GOVERNMENT’S anti-diesel vehicle agenda has come under fire after it was revealed that over half of its ministerial car fleet still runs on so-called ‘dirty fuel’.
According to figures from a Freedom of Information request by the Car Dealer magazine, 49 executive vehicles out of Whitehall’s 84-strong ministerial fleet, including 17 Jaguars and eight Land Rover Discoverys, still run on diesel.
Car Dealer founder James Baggott said:
When the Government has waged a war on diesel car buyers, quite incorrectly, it is staggering to learn that 58 per cent of the fleet used by ministers, including the chancellor are still diesel-powered. Perhaps the Government’s fleet car buyers know what we all do, that diesel is often the right choice for a lot of buyers.
Former Top Gear presenter Quentin Wilson said: “When 49 out of the 84 cars used to chauffeur ministers are still diesel-powered, the Government isn’t exactly practising what it preaches. You can’t pontificate on diesel car pollution and then be driven home in one.”
A spokesman for the Government said: “These vehicles are being replaced as they become due for renewal with fit-for-purpose alternatives that take operational requirements into consideration.”