Climate fears fail to halt car use

Despite the credit crunch hitting people's finances and growing evidence of the impact CO2 emissions have on climate change, most motorists are happy to continue driving their vehicles as they always have, according to a survey.

The poll by found that as many as 90% of motorists say they do not feel guilty about driving their cars.

And more than three in five said it was wrong for taxes to rise on high-polluting vehicles.

While 40% said that although they accepted cars contributed to global warming, other factors should be a higher priority for environmental campaigners.

Scepticism about the effects on the environment appeared more widespread among older drivers, with more than half of those aged 55 or more saying they did not believe in the link between carbon dioxide emissions and rising planetary temperatures, compared with only 15.4% of those under 25.

Autocar editor Chas Hallett said: "The Government is making unrealistic assumptions that it will somehow be able to price cars off the road to combat congestion and C02 emissions.

"However, motorists are not going to give up their personal transport, it's far too important to them, but our research reveals they will look at replacing their vehicles when the time is right with more efficient models."

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