Research by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership shows that more dealers are choosing to display the CO2 labelling on their cars, with a 12% increase on last year*. This system enables customers to make an environmentally informed choice about their purchase, guided by a colour- coded system comprising of seven bands ranging from green- indicating the lowest CO2 emitting vehicles and the lowest annual running cost, to red- the most polluting and most expensive to run.
However, whilst it is encouraging to see that the motor industry is taking note of the need to educate motorists of their responsibility to protect the environment and indeed of the economic benefits which this brings, the Society of Manufacturers and Traders emphasies that is crucial that all car dealers apply this voluntary labelling to a greater extent than is currently being achieved. The RAC Foundation looks forward to seeing an even more positive response next year as interest in the environmental impact of vehicles grows.
*A survey of 400 car dealers by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership