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Will you pass the tougher emissions test?

James

Saying no to new

Not so long ago, driving a brand, spanking new company car was a must if you wanted to elevate your status with clients and colleagues.

However, with the government tightening up the Benefit in Kind tax bands and growth in used car personal contract purchase deals, it’s no wonder more workers are saying no to new.

The long and the short of it is that, by abandoning the traditional company car or workers using their own household car, we are likely to see a rise in older, high emission vehicles being used for business journeys on UK roads. 

William Jones from Cataclean, leading manufacturer of engine and fuel system cleaning products, said: “Business people are particularly cost-conscious, and while the government plans to introduce company car tax bandings from 2020 with incentives for those choosing electric and hybrid cars, that’s some way off. Being able to buy a new company car with ultra-low emissions is a great ambition, but isn’t financially viable for many right now.”

 

Ready for new-look MOT?

With carbon dioxide emissions in the UK falling 6% from 2015-16, but transport emissions rising by 2%, a major concern for businesses with older cars is the tougher emissions test that forms part of the new MOT rules coming in on May 20th.

Testers will be checking cars do not emit smoke and diesel particulate filters have not been tampered with, a major fault that ‘may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment’. Drivers will fail the test and have to repair the fault immediately.

William said: “Even if you have a relatively new used vehicle, the average car on UK roads is around seven years old and over that time, it’s likely deposits will have built up in the engine, reducing efficiency and increasing emissions. You can, however, bring your emissions right down before the new MOT, limiting downtime and any financial losses.”

 

Reduce emissions by up to 60%

To demonstrate this, Cataclean commissioned an extensive test with the RAC and fleet management firm ARI, which showed that by pouring Cataclean into a vehicle’s tank before filling, or part-filling, with fuel, drivers can dramatically bring down their emissions.

Using a fleet of eight diesel-fuelled Peugeot Partner vans in London, the study recorded the untreated emissions and fuel consumption over a four-week period. The same vehicles were then treated with Cataclean and subjected to a further four-week test under similar stop-start driving conditions and mileages.

NOx emissions dropped by 16%, CO emissions by 24% and hydrocarbons by 32%. Fuel economy also improved by 9.7%, while the estimated service life of the diesel particulate filters was increased by 1,344 miles to 124,224 miles.

 “Reducing emissions by 24% is compelling and this test was with vans that were only 11 months old,” said William. “In older cars, Cataclean can reduce emissions by up to 60%, good news for those using older vehicles for business who are concerned about the new MOT.”

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