Petrol and diesel car bans could start sooner than we think

Posted: 19 February 2020

In a bid to hit zero-carbon emissions by 2050, the government has brought the date forward from 2040, stating that the ban could come in even earlier if possible - although adding that there would be consultation.  Not only will this help the UK meet its 2050 target, it will also help reduce air pollution. This is because about a third of CO2 emissions in the UK come from transport1.

Only electric or hydrogen vehicles would be available once the ban comes into effect.  The Committee on Climate Change believes the cost of electric cars will be similar to that of petrol or diesel vehicles by 2024-25.

The proposals were mentioned in the lead up to the United Nations climate summit, which is being hosted in Glasgow later this year.

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