All petrol, diesel cars and vans will cease to be sold in the UK from 2040 onwards
From 2040 onwards, the UK will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars to help tackle air pollution across the country.
All petrol, diesel cars and vans, including hybrid models, will cease to be sold in the UK from 2040 onwards.
The ban on sales of such vehicles, comes after the Department for Environmental and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published an air quality draft report back in May.
Following months of consultation and legal battles, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, will publish the complete air quality plan sometime today.
The Government is also proposing to introduce more ‘clean air zones’ throughout the country alongside the new sales ban.
The introduction of a diesel ‘scrappage scheme’ is also up for debate, as well as bringing in a charge for drivers of high polluting vehicles.
Councils across the UK with localised pollution hotspots on their doorstep will have to show their plans before March 2018 and finalise them by the end of the year.
According to the UK Government, poor air quality poses the biggest risk to the public’s health and costs the economy £2.7billion in lost productivity. As a result, the Government wants to speed up the uptake of greener vehicles in the UK.
A £3billion fund will be available to local authorities to help improve the quality of air, plus an air quality package is thought to include £290million towards a national productivity investment fund to help with the supply of low emission taxis.
Councils will also be given a ‘green bus fund’, to allow them to change over from their existing public transport. £1.2billion will also be on offer to help towards walking and cycling schemes, with £100million available to help tackle roadside pollution.
The infrastructure of our roads will also see changes, with £255million set aside for road layout changes, including speed limits, roundabouts and speed bumps, as well as traffic light reprogramming.
A £100million investment has also been promised by the Government to improve the UK’s EV charging infrastructure.
Some may doubt whether £100million is enough to improve the UK’s charging infrastructure to a satisfactory standard by 2040.
According to Chargemaster, “the UK’s charging infrastructure will be ready by 2040” – for the sales ban of petrol and diesel vehicles.
“Yes, we will be ready by 2040. The infrastructure is growing rapidly. Five years ago there were around 3,000 public charging points, today there is over 13,000 – and there’s a huge increase in home charging,” said a spokesman for the electric vehicle charging company based here in the UK.
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