Government advisers are calling on the government to ban the sale of new diesel, petrol and hybrid cars by 2032. Three years earlier than its target date…
Bringing The Date Forward
The government intends to ban the sale of new diesel, petrol and hybrid cars by 2035. However, a group of scientists from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), an independent body that advises ministers on decarbonisation, wants the date brought forward to 2032 “at the latest”. In addition, it wants “detailed policy arrangements” to render the date viable and it wants the sale of new motorcycles with internal combustion engines included in the ban.
As well as an earlier, more comprehensive ban, the CCC wants the government to encourage the adoption of all-electric vehicles. In particular, it believes reforming the UK’s road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty). In a report, it said “company car tax reforms, alongside purchase grants and preferential tax treatment, are providing a strong consumer incentive to purchase low-carbon vehicles. More could be done with Vehicle Excise Duty; to strengthen incentives for all buyers and to discourage the most polluting vehicle purchases”.
The Ban’s Background
In a recent BBC Radio 5 Live appearance, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that a diesel, petrol and hybrid ban would be implemented sometime between 2032 and 2035. Originally, the ban was scheduled for 2040; a date that, according to some, was already enormously ambitious. Hybrids weren’t to be included in original drafts, but will now be treated like petrol and diesel models; something that’s attracted the scrutiny of the automotive industry. The decision has been described as being “extremely concerning” by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
There are also rumours circulating that light commercial vehicles (vans that weigh under 3.5 tonnes) will also be banned if they use a petrol or diesel engine. Ultimately, environmental activists and campaigners believe the ban is necessary if the UK is to become carbon-neutral by 2050; and if air pollution is to be tackled in particular. Critics, however, believe the dates are too ambitious and, economically speaking, unfeasible for an already struggling automotive industry. As of now, pure EVs currently represent around 3% of the UK’s car market.
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