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What's happening with diesel running costs?


What will happen to my existing diesel car with 2017 emissions in terms of road tax, fuel costs etc?

Thanks Gerry

Gerry Phelan (Sligo)

Jan 2020 Filed under: diesel

Expert answer

Hi Gerry,

In terms of tax there won’t be any changes before the Budget in October, and there are unlikely to be major changes then. There have been rumblings of a change in the diesel tax system, but the various departments are known to be hesitant to introduce a third motor tax regime on top of the two we already have. A general increase in the cost of motor tax, within the existing bands, is quite likely though, as the Government starts to push people towards electric motoring.

In terms of fuel costs, prices at the pump have spiked up in recent weeks thanks to the Trump-Iran standoff, and this week the average per-litre cost of diesel rose to €1.31. That is likely to continue to rise as long as tensions in the Middle East, and indeed in the White House, remain high. 

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor

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