Petrol and Diesel Cars Will Be BANNED in UK from 2040
A strategy being launched today by ministers Michael Gove and Chris Grayling will see all new petrol and diesel cars banned from UK roads by 2040.
The strategy has been put in place to drastically reduce pollution and improve air quality in some of the UK’s most congested ‘dirty air’ zones. The scheme could also see levies introduced to busy areas for owners of the most polluting vehicles.
After 2040, only electric vehicles will be available for purchase, bringing the 150-year reign of the internal combustion engine to an end.
Town halls will also have the ability to impose levies on diesel car drivers on the UK’s 81 most polluted routes from 2020, should air quality fail to improve. Diesel vehicles could also be banned from busy roads during peak times.
Details will also be released of a £225million fund that will be introduced to aid councils in tackling pollution from diesel vehicles.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Mr Gove said the government’s plan for these radical changes were ‘essential’.
He continued: ‘We can’t carry on with diesel and petrol cars, not just because of the health problems that they cause, but also because the emissions that they cause would mean that we would accelerate climate change, do damage to our planet and to the next generation.’
When asked if there was an alternative to more wind farms and nuclear power energy stations, Mr Gove replied: ‘There is no alternative to embracing new technology.’
Estimates show that around 40,000 premature deaths occur each year in the UK as a result of air pollution.
We asked car industry experts their thoughts.
Sue Baker @carscribe – Motoring writer & Former Top Gear Presenter
“Current new model petrol and diesel cars are cleaner than they have ever been, and demonising of diesels is ill-informed if Euro 6-compliant. But a shift to hybrids and fully electric vehicles is the right direction. We need to look at pollution from other forms of transport as well.”
Will Nichols @WillNichols – Environmental Analyst
“I don’t think it’s a surprise given the desperate air quality issues we face in the UK. It’s a long lead time for the industry, but interesting to see what it does to sales in the interim. And if it halts progress on making more efficient ICEs. Plus, it’s important to note average car age in the UK is 13 years, so diesel and petrol cars may well be on the roads into the 2050s.”
Dr Lem Bingley @GreenMotor – Freelance Automotive Writer
“I’m waiting to see the actual text of what’s planned rather than what Gove has said to the media. I’m not convinced they will be the same thing.”
Green Car Guide @GreenCarGuide
“The UK government has already talked about wanting all cars to be EVs by 2040 so today’s news is no surprise to the industry.”
David Jones @toomanypenguin
“Avoiding the massive diesel lorry powered elephant in the room…all our freight goes by arctic lorry at some point.”
We also asked Twitter for their opinions.
Do you agree with the decision to ban petrol and diesel cars banned from 2040 in the UK? #diesel
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