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UK vehicles using twice as much diesel as petrol

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BRADFORD: Vehicles in the UK are using twice as much diesel as petrol, figures show.

Consumption of diesel reached a record 24.6 million tonnes last year compared with 12 million tonnes of petrol, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).

The data was published a day after Chancellor Philip Hammond was accused of adding to the “demonisation of diesel” by raising taxes on new diesel cars.

Sales of new diesel models have fallen since the Volkswagen emissions scandal emerged in September 2015.

But the impact on diesel usage has been limited as more than half of consumption is by vans, lorries, buses and coaches.

Diesel usage grew 4% year-on-year in 2016, while petrol was down 1%.

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