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People in the UK who would consider buying and environmentally-friendly car are often thwarted by the lack of choice available to them, according to a new study.

Research carried out by Swiftcover found that of those people planning to buy a car within the next year, just 17 per cent thought there was a low emissions model available to meet their needs.

This is despite the fact that 57 per cent of those surveyed said that a proposed £2,000 'showroom tax' would force them to buy a greener car and 68 per cent said their vehicle decision would be influenced by the tax if it became law.

"While environmentally friendly and alternative fuel cars are the future, British drivers have yet to fully embrace green motoring," said Craig Staniland from Swiftcover.

Some 47 per cent of those polled said more choice of green cars was needed, with 23 per cent saying the government should pressure manufacturers to develop new models.

It is thought that the chancellor, Alistair Darling, is planning to announce a showroom tax on the highest emitting cars in his Budget later today (March 12th).ADNFCR-1231-ID-18505949-ADNFCR

Article Date: 12 March 2008

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