In a previous announcement put forward by the Government, all sales of new petrol and diesel cars are to be banned from 2040. Now, however, new plans from MPs could see the ban brought forward to as early as 2030, should they get the go ahead.
The original plan, outlined as part of the Government’s ‘Clean Air Strategy’, was to prevent the sales of any new vehicle that didn’t benefit from some form of electrification from 2040. This was due to stats that showed around 40,000 premature deaths a year could be attributed to poor air quality throughout the UK. Since then a new committee, comprising of representatives in everything from Environment to Health and Social Care, have published a report stating that the plan “lacks ambition” and more drastic measures are required to combat the poor air quality issues that we currently face.
The report goes on to say that the distant target of 2040 is too far into the future to produce a step-change in industry planning and urges the Government to follow the example of other European countries in enforcing this new ban earlier.
Amongst these other countries, leaders such as Norway have announced bans as early as 2025 and Scotland has proposed a ban in 2032. Taking their plans one step further, Germany has even been granted the right to ban diesel cars altogether in their city centres.
Whilst some recent environmental announcements have come under-fire from automotive brands across the globe, adjusting the start date of the ban to 2030 would still accommodate plans from brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo (to name just two); who have committed to selling only electrified models from 2020 and 2019 respectively.
We don’t currently know what the result of this new report will be but, if the plans are successfully accepted, we could see the ban brought forward to as early as 2030. What do you think of the revised proposals? We’d like to hear your opinion on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.