Steve Gooding, from the RAC Basis, which explores the financial, mobility, security and environmental points regarding roads, mentioned: “We should always all select the correct car for the correct journey to chop the dimensions of our carbon footprint.
“It’s proper to query if suburban drivers want a automotive able to ploughing over rivers, throughout fields and up steep hills simply to pop to the outlets,” he added.
His feedback come as analysis confirms most SUVs are purchased by city drivers.
The examine by think-tank, New Climate Institute, exhibits that giant SUVs – typically referred to as Chelsea tractors – are most prevalent in locations corresponding to Chelsea.
Different boroughs with a excessive consumption for the large automobiles embody Hammersmith and Fulham, and Westminster.
One in three new personal automobiles purchased in these areas is a big SUV – whereas the provinces additionally prime the league for recognition of most polluting automobiles by UK gross sales quantity, all of that are SUVs.
The think-tank additionally mentioned that advertisers have misled shoppers by pushing messages round SUVs corresponding to ‘get again to nature’ and ‘assist the atmosphere’.
Andrew Simms, from the New Climate Institute, mentioned: “One among promoting’s largest manipulations has persuaded city households that it’s completely ‘regular’ to buy groceries in a two-tonne truck.
“However the human well being and local weather injury carried out by SUVs is large and must be undone. Simply as tobacco promoting was efficiently ended, it’s time to cease selling polluting SUV’s.”
Though some, together with the UK Residents’ Meeting on local weather change have supported restrictions on the automobiles, motoring organisations have mentioned the evaluation was too simplistic.
Edmund King, from the AA, a British motoring affiliation informed the BBC that discuss of banning the promoting of SUVs is a “naive method.”
He added: “A few of the cleanest automobiles come within the SUV form however are all electrical such because the Jaguar I-Tempo, Tesla Mannequin X or Hyundai Kona.”