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Ban on Petrol and Diesel Vehicle Sales Brought Forward

Posted in General News on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

The government has recently announced that the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles will be brought forward to 2035. The ban has also been extended to include the sale of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It is hoped that this will make the UK’s target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050 more achievable.  At the moment approximately a third of the UK CO₂ emissions come from transport, therefore banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles as part of the government’s Road to Zero Strategy should help the UK to make significant progress towards the net-zero target announced in 2019. The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, commented: “This government’s £1.5bn strategy to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible is working – last year alone, a fully electric car was sold every 15 minutes. We want to go further than ever before. That’s why we are bringing forward our already ambitious target to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.”

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John.'s Gravatar

Thursday, February, 6th, 2020

I see two issues, first the availability of low cost initial purchase price will be beyond a lot of people including those dependant on benefits or low pay, the second hand car market is at risk because at least currently to battery technology does not give long battery life or rapid charging times.

ChrisK's Gravatar

Friday, February, 7th, 2020

Oh yes “the government strategy to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible is working” Oh really, it’s working is it, so that’s why there’s a good chance the government are to cutting the subsidy for electric cars in the March budget is it. No need for subsidy because we can just charge £10, £15, £20 a day to bring your petrol or diesel car into town. You will be falling over each other to go electric and in anyway, anybody who has an annual income below £40,000 should be using the buses so us rich folk can get to the golf course our country clubs quicker without you poor folk getting in our way and slowing us down with your rusty worn out cars. That sounds more like government strategy in my eye’s.