Sir, While I understand and, to a degree, agree with the logic put forward by Mark Lomas in his letter to you ( “Budget’s pollution subsidy”, November 24) about taxing diesel vehicles, I would like to point out that a large number of drivers over the years have selected diesel vehicles over petrol ones because they were explicitly encouraged to do so by the UK government’s past deliberate taxation policies.

To put too much tax on the fuel side of the equation would therefore be, in effect, the government saying, “We encouraged you to do this, and you’ve done it, and now we’re going to penalise you for doing what we said.”

Disclaimer: I drive a diesel vehicle, but I bought it because there was not an affordable petrol-powered vehicle available of the type I wanted at the time I needed to buy one.

Ian Gordon
Camberley, Surrey, UK

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