Tell this to the Greenies.
I wasn't including the Japanese manufacturers, as although they may still account for a few jobs, they will go the way of the old British names they in turn replaced soon enough, and meanwhile it would be strange if a British government now put in place protectionist measures in favour of Japanese companies would it not. As for the second point, yes of course shipping cars from the far east to a British port is going to use a lot of energy, but more important is the 'carbon' cost of making the thing from mining raw materials, transport, processing them, more transport to manufacturing even before it gets on the ship. And all this in countries that have no interest in reducing their pollution. No, far greener to keep the old Zephyr and using good old British know-how to maintain it.
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It's not only the governments (not just the British government, but mainly the EU which is dictating such policies) that must be pursuaded but also corporate policies on leased fleet replacement. New vehicles every three years for their staff is such a waste of resources and an unnecessary luxury
Agreed the EU has never done anything worthwhile. I think it only exists by mutual agreement to reduce unemployment by giving redundant civil servants something to do at taxpayers expense. As for the company car/fleet sales, I guess the regulations vary in different countries but the way tax laws are structured so anyone with a job that might involve travelling outside the office can have the use of a new car, makes that car a perk of the job. I suspect such fleet sales count for a large percentage of new car sales, but irresepctive of who is buying them, my message to the greenies is that the more they act to protect new car sales, the more we will increase pollution coming out of unregulated countries like China and India. If on the other hand. policies were reversed, and the older the car the more generous the tax benefit, that pollution would be reduced.