Diesel Car Owners will Pay Extra in Norway

From next winter, it can cost several thousand NOK more to run diesel cars in large cities such as Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.

According to NTB’s report, the amount of the fee has not been determined yet, but it is expected to be noticeable. Director of the Vegvesen Ivar Christiansen estimates a couple of thousand NOK for a winter. 

Previously, the Institute of Transport Economics had recommended total ban on diesel cars in the country’s three largest cities. The suggestion had been backed by some leading politicians. But Christiansen believes it is easier to introduce such a fee before introducing total ban on these cars.

-Requiring a noticeable charge will be enough to make drivers leave their cars at home, says Christiansen.

The recommendation was submitted to the Ministry in September, but due to the long processing time the fees will not be in force before the next winter, if the Ministry decides to follow the recommendation.

Background of the Diesel Ban

In 2007, the government had recommended the Norwegian people to buy diesel over gasoline. But since then it has become clear that they emit about 70 times more of the harmful NO2 molecule than gasoline cars. So, the Institute of Transport Economics (Transportøkonomisk institutt, TØI) proposed diesel cars to be prohibited in big cities of Norway.

Diesel Cars and Environmental Impact

According to the research at Standford University, Despite lower carbon dioxide emissions, diesel cars may promote more global warming than gasoline cars

Laws that favor the use of diesel, rather than gasoline, engines in cars may actually encourage global warming, according to a new study. Although diesel cars obtain 25 to 35 percent better mileage and emit less carbon dioxide than similar gasoline cars, they can emit 25 to 400 times more mass of particulate black carbon and associated organic matter (“soot”) per kilometer [mile]. The warming due to soot may more than offset the cooling due to reduced carbon dioxide emissions over several decades, according to Mark Z. Jacobson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University.

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