British drivers are being warned that buying a diesel car over the next two years could see the cost of ownership shoot up by £500 annually.
This is due to the proposed increase to car tax which will come into force from April 2018.
Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that car tax would be rising for diesel drivers in the UK from April this year, in a bid to slash emissions.
Diesel cars emit harmful levels of nitrogen oxides and particulates which are believed to cause the premature deaths of 40,000 people in the UK every year.
Under the proposed car tax increase diesel drivers face paying a band higher car tax.
This could see the average cost shoot up by £500.
Now industry experts are suggesting that car makers will not be able to meet these strict new rules until after 2019.
The proposed emissions standards, known as Real Driving Emissions 2, plans are yet to be finalised.
This makes it almost impossible for manufacturers to build cars that meet these standards.
RED2 standards are not expected to hit showrooms until 2020 and won’t become mandatory until January 2021.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said: “Car makers could engineer a car to meet RDE2 but they’re taking a punt regulations don’t change and they won’t have to re-engineer it.
“It’s still a couple of years away – it’s very difficult to bring forward RDE vehicles at this stage.
“It’s another message that consumers should not be buying diesels.”
The diesel car market took a serious hit in 2017, seeing a 17.1 per cent decline on sales throughout the year.
It has now been suggested that the ‘worst is yet to come’ for diesel drivers in 2018.
Some suggestions believe that the market share of diesel cars could delving to just 15 per cent by 2025.
Real World Emissions 1 was brought in during September 2017.
They were introduced to tighten up on emissions new cars were producing after lab tests could be exploited.