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Online retailers slammed for advertising car DPF removal services

It is thought that thousands of cars are estimated to be driving on UK roads with their diesel particulate filters removed.

Websites and online retailers are being called on to ban advertisements offering services to remove diesel particulate filters (DPFs) from diesel cars, a service which causes pollution levels to rise exponentially.

Expert's estimate thousands of cars in the UK are currently driving without their diesel particulate filter (DPF) largely due to services advertised on sites like Google, eBay and Gumtree offering to remove the filter for a fee. Garages exploit a legal loophole whereby driving a diesel car with its DPF removed is illegal, but the act of removing the filter is not.

Online advertisements will not be banned because the act of removing a diesel particulate filter is not illegal. However, were the laws to change, the sites admitted the advertisements would be removed.  

DPFs trap harmful exhausts particulates, reducing the amount of harmful toxins released into the atmosphere. Since 2000, diesel particulate filters have reduced particle matter emissions by 90 per cent.

DPFs can get clogged and have to be replaced with garages charging over £1,000 for this, and as a result, many advertise services to remove the filter all together. Removing the filter doesn't affect the car's performance.

Did you know that poor air quality is associated with approximately 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year, and campaign group Friends of the Earth (FoE) recently wrote to the Advertising Standards Authority to ban advertisements for services offering filter removal? The Group is also calling on the Government to tackle the practice head on.

18 May 2016

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