Group piles on the pressure for higher taxes on diesel
Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30
Diesel is certainly being targeted in some quarters. The latest attack will come this week from a group that wants heavier taxes applied to the fuel. It meets in Dublin tomorrow to highlight its argument.
The group, under the auspices of Green Budget Europe, says Ireland currently taxes diesel 11c/litre less than petrol - making it a much more attractive option for motorists.
Part of its argument for taxing the fuel is that diesel cars are "significantly worse" for air quality than petrol and are claimed to contribute to asthma, lung conditions and heart disease.
The group members include the Asthma Society of Ireland, An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland, Green Budget Europe, the Environmental Pillar, Transport & Environment and the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network.