Money and Environment

Car finance under the spotlight


  1. Posted on September 22nd, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. It is difficult to know who to trust these days. The emissions scandal has called into question the credibility of more than just a single car manufacturer but it seems that, once again, the financial sectors may not have been acting as transparently as they should. Now where have we heard that before? The main […]

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New car tax rates explained


  1. Posted on March 28th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. When GEM compared the Vehicle Excise Duty rates between a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and a decade-old Volkswagen Polo automatic, we concluded that the car tax system (VED) had become unbalanced. For buyers, who could afford a new (or nearly new) car, they tended to pay either nothing, or very little, in VED. The main […]

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Seven tips to help make the most of every drop of fuel you buy


  1. Posted on February 21st, 2017 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Road safety and breakdown recovery organisation GEM Motoring Assist has assembled a selection of easy-to-follow seven tips that will save you fuel as well as reduce your risk on the road. “Any driver can make good use of these tips, starting right now,” says GEM road safety officer Neil Worth. “The result should be not […]

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Autumn Statement 2016 – how it affects motorists


  1. Posted on November 24th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2.   Nobody can deny the considerable political changes that have spilled over the news pages during the past five months. With George Osbourne out of Number 11, making way for Philip Hammond, all eyes have focussed on the new Chancellor of the Exchequer during his first (and last) Autumn Statement that was announced yesterday afternoon. […]

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Diesel Particulate Filter introduced for petrols


  1. Posted on August 24th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. Despite the heavy criticisms that have been directed at diesel engines in the past few years, the fuel still offers advantages. Recently, I liaised with a committee that influences the UK government’s air quality policies, which recommends the diesel scrappage scheme (of which I do not approve, as written here). I queried, if people scrap […]

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New Euro 6 diesel engines mandatory from 1st September


  1. Posted on September 2nd, 2015 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. From 1st September 2015, all new cars and light commercial vehicles that are sold within Europe must comply with the latest exhaust emissions legislation. Diesel cars have been targeted recently in the media, for their tendency to emit more NOx and particulates, compared to petrol versions. Even though we have highlighted before that the ‘blame-game’ […]

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Budget 2015 – news for motorists


  1. Posted on March 18th, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. Amid the carefully-planned leaks, news about how the budget will affect motorists has been scarce, maybe because drivers were not high on the list of priorities for the Chancellor. Now that the cat is out of the bag, here is an overview of what today’s announcements mean for British drivers: • The main sound-byte sees the […]

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Electric cars on test


  1. Posted on January 7th, 2015 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Time to charge! Sales of electric cars are booming. Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show registrations have more than doubled in 2014 compared with last year. It’s not just pure electric vehicles which are becoming more popular. Plug-in hybrids, which take electricity from a charging station but also have an internal […]

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Tax breaks for the rich


  1. Posted on December 12th, 2014 by Rob Marshall
  2. The more new cars that appear, which emit almost impossibly teensy quantities of carbon dioxide, the more I think that the gas is not a suitable means upon which to base our car tax system, particularly as carmakers have optimised their vehicles to perform well in the not-so-realistic standardised, European emissions and fuel economy laboratory […]

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Better protection for used car buyers?


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Rob Marshall
  2. While the UK is full of honest professionals, who earn a living from retailing motor vehicles, even I admit that the used car salesman does not enjoy the greatest of reputes. This is hardly surprising, given that his predecessor was the horse trader, which would stop at nothing (even to disguise the ailment of a […]

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