Report on Motoring 2016

Air quality and the environment

4.0 Air quality and the environment

While matters related to the environmental impact of motor vehicle use do not feature prominently in the list of drivers’ main worries in the 2016 Report on Motoring, when questioned directly about topics such as local air quality and pollution from diesel emissions, many motorists express a high level of awareness and, in certain cases, concern.

A significant minority of drivers are unhappy with the air quality where they live, and there is general support for measures such as higher taxes and vehicle restrictions that are aimed at reducing pollution from diesel engines.

Meanwhile, levels of trust in motor manufacturers have fallen over the past 12 months, no doubt at least partly in response to the diesel emissions scandal that emerged last year as well as increased scepticism over carmakers’ fuel efficiency claims.