90% 'don't feel guilty about cars'

Nine out of 10 motorists don't feel any guilt about driving their car, a survey has revealed.

According to the survey by Autocar, more than 40% of respondents said that other contributors to global warning should be a higher priority for environmental campaigners than cars.

More than six out of 10 said it was wrong of law-makers to increase purchase tax on cars with high CO2 emissions.

The average driver did not believe that climate change would greatly affect the British motoring industry, with nearly 90% of respondents expecting their car ownership experience to be similar in 20 years' time.

An article by Autocar, 'A Future with Cars', which inspired the opinion poll, is published in Autocar magazine. It 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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