RAC

The environment and motorists

In the first RAC Report on Motoring in 1988, the environmental focus was on pollution, and the need to make engines cleaner. The solution to reducing pollution from cars was simple: the Government directed car manufacturers to clean up their act. In the 1990's our attention shifted to conserving limited resources and the need to recycle. Since the turn of the century, more fundamental concerns about global warming and the increasingly urgent need to reduce CO2 emissions have emerged.

I can't even tell you what my car does to the gallon. I just put petrol in it and drive it around. And I don't know if it does 30, 60, or I don't know what...

Jenny, motorist from Lincolnshire

20 years of environmental debate

Environmental challenges according to motorists