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New Petrol and Diesel Vehicles Banned by 2040

Posted in General News on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

As part of the government’s clean air strategy, plans have been proposed for a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. This announcement comes at a time when many car manufacturers have made plans to switch to electrically powered vehicles. Earlier this month, for example, Volvo announced that all of its new vehicles will either be hybrids of fully electric vehicles by 2019 and BMW has said that in two years time the company will be selling an electric version of the MINI. The year 2040 has proven to be a popular target for countries to make the switch over to electric vehicles. Earlier this month the President of France also announced that his country will be banning the sale of new fossil fuelled vehicles by this date.

More immediate plans laid out in the government’s clean air strategy could include lowering the amount of pollution caused by public transport, re-programming traffic lights to make traffic flow more smoothly and changing road layouts. It is also thought that the government could consult on the possibility of introducing a scrappage scheme later this year, although no commitment has been made. Many of these proposals, including the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, are still very much in the planning stage. The government’s deadline for producing a final draft of the clean air strategy is the 31st July 2017. Mike Hawes, the Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) commented: “Currently demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles is growing but still at a very low level. The industry instead wants a positive approach which gives consumers incentives to purchase these cars. We could undermine the UK's successful automotive sector if we don't allow enough time for the industry to adjust." In total the government has set aside £3billion to improve the electric vehicle infrastructure and try to ensure that the UK is well prepared for the switch over.  

Clean air campaigners have argued that the government has announced its plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 to distract people from the short comings of their more immediate strategy. Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokeswoman, Sue Hayman MP, said: “With nearly 40 million people living in areas with illegal levels of air pollution, action is needed now, not in 23 years' time."

These plans have not been finalised yet so there is no definitive answer on how the government’s clean air strategy will affect disabled motorists. DMUK will keep you informed on the changes as they develop. With regards to the plan to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the government is hopeful that its clean air strategy will help to prepare the UK’s transport infrastructure for the switch over and make sure that, in 23 years time, owning an electric car is a viable and practical option for motorists.          

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Roger Gill

Tuesday, August, 1st, 2017

Well I think they are Barking mad, yes we all need more polution free vehicles and of coarse the Motorist has to pay for all the Government cock ups, but it anoys me that the powers to be forget the heavy oil users like the Trains and heavy Goods vehicles the word that came to mind is a word that the Governments of recent years past does not know what it means or how to spell it is MAINTENANCE!!.

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Roy Holt

Tuesday, August, 1st, 2017

Banning all heating boilers within a mile of the Houses of Parliament and harnessing all of the blowhards hot air for office heating will undoubtedly assist in clearing some polution.

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Steve Couldwell

Tuesday, August, 1st, 2017

Too many unanswered questions at this moment. Electric vehicles: How far can a vehicle travel on one charge. What happens in the winter with lights and heating on. What about other power systems, e.g. hydrogen? I'm not confident that I will be able to drive my disabled wife from Yorkshire to Kent to visit our family without getting stuck somewhere.

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Paul Dunstan

Tuesday, August, 1st, 2017

Yes the announcement does worry me. We use a WAV and as far as I know no converted WAV vehicles run on electric!

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Alan Dainty

Tuesday, August, 1st, 2017

I think I`m LUCKY that I don`t think Ill be around then!

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mick f

Tuesday, August, 1st, 2017

we]] is that going to be the end of petrol heads , and what about motor bikes , cars coming from across the channel + wagons ect

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Michael Perry

Tuesday, August, 1st, 2017

At a time when the demand for more "Government" cash for so many things is required it seems at odds to suggest that finding an additional £3 billion will be needed for the infrastructure of the electric motor industry. If the use of diesel & petrol is reduced so will the tax revenue. Just where will the additional income come from? The petrol & diesel taxation take is MASSIVE we can not support a "Scrap-age Plan, Electric Infrastructure, on a dramatic rapid taxation drop. How will the Electric Generation & Distribution systems be built and ready for the heavy demand periods such as when commuters return to home charging points and all load up within a short time period ? I fully endorse the move to cleaner air but this must be a phased long term action needing many elements to to ready before we can suggest a cut off date. The next question is how will that be funded in the mean time? Tax the good old motorist again?

John's Gravatar

Wednesday, August, 2nd, 2017

Years ago the government encouraged people to buy diesel cars now the owners of these car are treated as bad boys. For the lean and environment friendly cars there seem to be two options all new cars will either be electric or hydrogen. Now lets look at what happens post 2040, owners of Hydrogen cars will be pilloried because the water from those cars will evaporate form clouds and increase rain fall. The batteries on electric cars at the moment have a limited life, so who is going to by a second hand car which is few years old knowing that very soon the batteries will need renewing at very great cost. We will end up like Cuba people doing there best to keep twenty year old cars on the road.