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Never mind dirty diesels, "poisonous petrols" now under fire


Not that many moons ago, issues surrounding climate change and the environment  were just not that sexy to the media. No matter how hard campaigners fought to drive home messages, many important stories fell by the wayside.

Fast forward to today and the situation is quite different. In the past week, news that the MOT failure rate for diesel vehicles has shot up fourfold since the tougher emissions test was brought in in May has been splashed across both the tabloids and the nationals, as well as the trade press. The subject is being taken seriously.

The figures are not to be sniffed at. Between 20 May and 19 November 2017, some 58,0004 diesels failed the emissions portion of the test. Compare this to the 238,871 for the same period this year and you can see the sheer extent of the problem.

The new test has been so tough on diesels, in fact, 17 per cent of all MOT failures for diesel cars were due to emission faults this year - up from 10 per cent in 2017.

The phrase “dirty diesels” has become commonplace, with many diesel drivers now frowned upon for choosing this type of vehicle, even if their main motivation was making it more efficient to, ironically, help protect the environment.

It appears, however, “poisonous petrols” are now also under fire with news that twice as many petrol cars failed the emissions test compared to 2017 (up from 292,468 to 505,721). The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) figures make it crystal clear that diesels are not the only ones having an impact on air quality, causing health problems and around 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK.

No difference

At Cataclean, we had more than a hunch that this might be the case. Many customers of ours do have petrol vehicles, which is, essentially, why we brought out both a diesel and a petrol version of our fuel additive. There is, actually, no difference between the two, we just felt we needed to make it clear to consumers that Cataclean can drastically bring down their emissions - blitzing resin and carbon deposits from fuel injectors, intake valves, DPF, catalytic converter and exhaust – whatever kind of fuel they use. Importantly, Cataclean also restores MPG and improves performance, and can save money on replacing expensive parts down the line. 

As a company, we have watched our products, which are specially developed to clean, restore and protect the whole engine and exhaust system, go from being part of general vehicle maintenance routines to being seriously considered as an innovative solution that can be used as part of local authorities’ pollution strategies.

With everything changing fast, we are stepping up our role in the emissions drive.

If you’d like to know more about how Cataclean works, click here.

*Cataclean can bring down your car emissions by 60% - buy a bottle here.

*Has your car recently failed its MoT? Let us know at our Facebook page – you could even win a year’s supply of Cataclean by entering our weekly Thirsty Thursday competition.

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