Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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SOME new diesel cars emit almost no NOX emissions despite common belief being that they are dirty and harmful.
Shock new research claims that some of the latest diesel cars emit almost no NOx, despite their condemnation.
Diesel cars have been in decline since the VW dieselgate scandal which shocked the industry back in 2015.
It was found that the carmaker had used defeat devices on cars to trick emissions tests to make cars appear cleaner than they actually were.
Last year the percentage of diesel cars registered in 2018 was over 20 per cent lower than the previous year and this is set to continue.
A common perception among drivers in the UK is that diesel cars are dirty and you should not buy one anymore.
New independent testing has, however, suggested that new diesel cars are actually incredibly clean, despite common belief.
German automobile club (ADAC) conducted on-road RDE (real driving emissions) on a number of petrol and diesel cars to see how clean they were.
Certain Mercedes, Vauxhall, and BMW cars emit almost no nitrogen oxides, significantly less than the legal limit.
Under the Euro 6d Temp emissions rules cars must produce less than 168mg/km of NOx.
During the tests, the Mercedes C-Class C220d actually emitted no NOx at all during the test while the BMW 5 Series 520d Touring emitted just 1mg per kilometre.
Similarly, a 1.6-litre diesel Opel (Vauxhall) Astra also emitted just 1mg/km of nitrogen oxides.
The BMW 520d Steptronic also emitted just 5mg/km, Citroen Berlingo BlueHDI 130 emitted just 7mg/km and the VW Golf 1.6 TDI SCR emit just 14mg/km.
Of the 13 cars tested, the vehicle that produced the most NOx was the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC which emitted 101mg/km, which is still significantly less than the 168mg/km limit.
Mercedes C220d was found to produce 0mg/km
This news will come as reassurance to car manufacturers who have previously tried to defend diesel cars as the new engines are significantly cleaner than those that have come before.
Carmakers have been facing challenges to get cars to meet new real-weld driving emissions limits across the world.
RDE NOx limits are set at 80mg/km (milligrams per kilometre) for diesel cars, and 60mg/km for petrols vehicles to be compliant under the new worldwide harmonized light vehicles test procedure (WLTP) tests.
However, to allow carmakers time to make their cars meet these new standards there is conformity facto of 2.1, which means cars can emit 2.1 times the limit of NOx.
This will be reduced from January 2020 to 1.5 times at 120mg/km of NOx.
Source : Express
In the last fortnight, we’ve seen something totally amazing, something our detractors said could never be achieved and that being The UTAG JR against the Uber verdict, heard at the Royal Courts of Justice.
On top of that, we’ve had the scandalous revelations from the UCG's Trevor Merrills and Angie Clarkson that Uber’s defence Council Hogan Lovell, has referred to the Taxi Trade as parasitic...this was followed by the news that Uber, have an account to advertise their services at discounted rates to TfL staff on the Staff’s own website.
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
It’s now transpired that Hogan Lovells (Uber’s law firm) have referred to the London Taxi Trade as parasitic.
Having emailed Scope, RNIB and Transport For All to highlight the issues facing their members/the people they represent, regarding the Mayor’s plans for Tottenham Court Road I received this reply today from Transport For All.
Great work, as always, from the guys at London Taxi PR, and even though Transport for alls’ concerns were largely dismissed, thought it may be nice to know they fully support you.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Being that the TXe is 20 grand overpriced and has a limited time use, its only likely to end in tears for us especially as Tfl has stopped plating diesel cabs to remove all options of new cab purchases to one.
When Boris brought in a 15 year time limit back in 2012 he did so to remove what he called old polluting diesels and 7 years on with literally thousands of old polluting cabs removed they have now come after all the rest except that the rest are far cleaner and the last being euro 6 is so clean that TFl are seeking a 12 year age limit on all the rest except the euro 6.
The way the Mayoral & TFL schemers are working leave nothing to be believed by us anymore, and it seems only the LTDA have confidence it strategies TFL secretly conspire to deliver, surely the LTDA can see huge errors in policies being dreamt up and delivered upon us? ... apparently not.
I, like most, find TFL lacking good relationship qualities when a licensing authority literally provokes its licensees to enter legal proceedings against it and at the same time uses licensees money to defend itself via licensing fees which shows no morality of argument win or lose their end.
It is becoming a daily fight to survive unfair competition AND TFLs crushing requirements and this latest 12 year age limit battle can only prove that point.
The plan to phase out further diesel licensing was muted in conversation around January 2015 which was not as I believe coincidental to the newly proposed euro 6 which was about to be released by LEVC and would have a sales platform of about 2 years plus, this would keep the manufacturer in business long enough to continue developing the TXe which is the ultimate goal.
The TX4 euro 6 is probably the best TX4 to date and excepting the emission afterburner is a good performing cab with very low emissions, far lower than anything before it, so why did TFL use the publicity stunt of banning further diesel licensing on 1st January 208 with that knowledge? ...
Simple, so they could bring in a plan for lower age limits a year later without an option to buy another diesel taxi which incidentally eeps its full 15 year status because its so clean!!
TFL has finely developed a tool of timed deception and we all fall for it every time, and you can be absolutely certain they have had meetings for the next steps already, so forget the 'consultation' as this word is flawed and actions must be planned by us.
So many people in our trade are sleepwalking into thinking a meaningful and honest relationship can be achieved with TFL but I can honestly say after the last 5 years its looking dire unless we stop their ambitions to destroy us we will not survive, and its one of very few times where the truly best service money can buy is going to be completely decimated by the greedy top tabled few powered by the poor needy classes shipped in to do the deed.
Think very carefully where you think you will be in 5 years from now, because if you think you are immune from this you are dreaming.
Be Lucky & fight the biggest fight