Under proposals due to be announced today, new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK from 2040. The internal combustion engine, one of the most important inventions since the beginning of the industrial revolution, has had its day.
In the meantime, from around 2020, town halls will be allowed to levy extra charges on diesel drivers using the UK’s 81 most polluted routes if air quality fails to improve.
Diesels might even be banned at peak times.
Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove told the BBC that huge changes were essential.
‘We can’t carry on with diesel and petrol cars, not just because of the health problems that they cause, but also because the emissions that they cause would mean that we would accelerate climate change, do damage to our planet and to the next generation’ he said.
‘Today we are confirming that should mean no new diesel or petrol vehicles by 2040, and critically President Macron in France has a similar aspiration… and Norway wants to reach that goal by 2025 so we are, quite rightly, in a position of global leadership in shaping the new technology.’
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