UK plans petrol and diesel car sales ban from 2040

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The car sales ban, which does not include hybrids, comes as part of a wider plan to tackle air pollution across the UK

The UK will ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 onwards as part of a move to tackle air pollution.

The sales ban, which does not include hybrids, follows an earlier air quality draft report published by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in May this year. The Environment Secretary Michael Gove will published the full air quality plan following months of consultation and legal battles.


The car industry has been moving in the direction of increased electrification in cars for some time and an Auto Express poll of 5,700 motorists conducted before the announcement shows that 82% believe sales of plug-in (electric and plug-in hybrid) cars will have overtaken conventional combustion-engined cars by 2040 – 64% think it will happen by 2030. 

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The Government also proposed introducing more ‘clean air zones’ across the UK – charging drivers of high polluting vehicles has yet to be ruled out. A targeted diesel scrappage scheme is also potentially on the cards. Councils with local pollution hotspots will be required to lay out their plans by March 2018 and finalise them by the end of the year. While most of these projects will be funded by the Government, diesel drivers could also be expected to contribute to some of the costs. In the plan, DEFRA announced: “Measures to improve air quality will therefore be funded through changes to the tax treatment for new diesel vehicles, or through reprioritisation within existing departmental budgets.” 

In addition, proposed new laws mean manufacturers found to be using ‘defeat’ devices on their vehicles to cheat emissions tests could face criminal and civil charges, with fines of up to £50,000 for every device installed.

Source AutoExpress

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